If his Ethicist gig ever winds up feeling too constricting, he can always launch a column called The sophist.
Answer of the latter, declaring the antiquity of the sophistical profession, and his own openness in avowing himself a sophist.
There is little worthy of remark in the characters of the sophist.
“Man is the measure of all 199things,” said the old Greek sophist, but modern science has taught us another lesson.
But the sophist is the Proteus who takes the likeness of all of them; all other deceivers have a piece of him in them.
The "sophist" discusses Being and not-being, and their relationship to the theory of Ideas.
And Plato does not on this ground reject the claim of the sophist to be the true philosopher.
The plain high-and-dry men distrusted him as what they called a sophist.
Plato does not really mean to say that the sophist or the Statesman can be caught in this way.
After the sophist, then, I think that the Statesman naturally follows next in the order of enquiry.
"one who makes use of fallacious arguments," mid-15c., earlier sophister (late 14c.), from Latin sophista, sophistes, from Greek sophistes "a master of one's craft; a wise or prudent man, one clever in matters of daily life," from sophizesthai "to become wise or learned," from sophos "skilled in a handicraft, cunning in one's craft; clever in matters of everyday life, shrewd; skilled in the sciences, learned; clever; too clever," of unknown origin. Greek sophistes came to mean "one who gives intellectual instruction for pay," and at Athens, contrasted with "philosopher," it became a term of contempt.
Sophists taught before the development of logic and grammar, when skill in reasoning and in disputation could not be accurately distinguished, and thus they came to attach great value to quibbles, which soon brought them into contempt. [Century Dictionary]