Plato on the Rhetoric of Philosophers and Sophists

Plato on the Rhetoric of Philosophers and Sophists

by Marina McCoy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521878632

ISBN-13: 9780521878630

Pub. Date: 09/30/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this book, Marina McCoy explores Plato's treatment of the rhetoric of philosophers and sophists through a thematic treatment of six different Platonic dialogues, including Apology, Protagoras, Gorgias, Republic, Sophist, and Phaedras. She argues that Plato presents the philosopher and the sophist as difficult to distinguish, insofar as both use rhetoric as part

Overview

In this book, Marina McCoy explores Plato's treatment of the rhetoric of philosophers and sophists through a thematic treatment of six different Platonic dialogues, including Apology, Protagoras, Gorgias, Republic, Sophist, and Phaedras. She argues that Plato presents the philosopher and the sophist as difficult to distinguish, insofar as both use rhetoric as part of their arguments. Plato does not present philosophy as rhetoric-free, but rather shows that rhetoric is an integral part of the practice of philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521878630
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2007
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Elements of Gorgianic rhetoric and the forensic genre in Plato's Apology; 3. The rhetoric of socratic questioning in the Protagoras; 4. The competition between philosophy and rhetoric in the Gorgias; 5. The dialectical development of the philosopher and sophist in the Republic; 6. Philosophers, sophists, and strangers in the Sophist; 7. Love and rhetoric in Plato's Phaedrus.

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