Protagoras and Logos: A Study in Greek Philosophy and Rhetoric / Edition 2

Protagoras and Logos: A Study in Greek Philosophy and Rhetoric / Edition 2

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by Edward Schiappa
     
 

ISBN-10: 1570035210

ISBN-13: 9781570035210

Pub. Date: 12/28/2003

Publisher: University of South Carolina Press

Protagoras and Logos brings together in a meaningful synthesis the contributions and rhetoric of the first and most famous of the Older Sophists, Protagoras of Abdera. Most accounts of Protagoras rely on the somewhat hostile reports of Plato and Aristotle. By focusing on Protagoras's own surviving words, this study corrects many long-standing misinterpretations and…  See more details below

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Protagoras and Logos brings together in a meaningful synthesis the contributions and rhetoric of the first and most famous of the Older Sophists, Protagoras of Abdera. Most accounts of Protagoras rely on the somewhat hostile reports of Plato and Aristotle. By focusing on Protagoras's own surviving words, this study corrects many long-standing misinterpretations and presents significant facts: Protagoras was a first-rate philosophical thinker who positively influenced the theories of Plato and Aristotle, and Protagoras pioneered the study of language and was the first theorist of rhetoric. In addition to illustrating valuable methods of translating and reading fifth-century B.C.E. Greek passages, the book marshals evidence for the important philological conclusion that the Greek word translated as rhetoric was a coinage by Plato in the early fourth century.

In this second edition, Edward Schiappa reassesses the philosophical and pedagogical contributions of Protagoras. Schiappa argues that traditional accounts of Protagoras are hampered by mistaken assumptions about the Sophists and the teaching of the art of rhetoric in the fifth century. He shows that, contrary to tradition, the so-called Older Sophists investigated and taught the skills of logos, which is closer to modern conceptions of critical reasoning than of persuasive oratory. Schiappa also offers interpretations for each of Protagoras's major surviving fragments and examines Protagoras's contributions to the theory and practice of Greek education, politics, and philosophy. In a new afterword Schiappa addresses historiographical issues that have occupied scholars in rhetorical studies over the past ten years, and throughout the study he provides references to scholarship from the last decade that has refined his views on Protagoras and other Sophists.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570035210
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
Studies in Rhetoric/Communication
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgments
Translations and Abbreviations
Pt. IProlegomenon to the Study of Early Greek Rhetorical Theory1
Ch. 1Why a Study of Protagoras?3
Ch. 2Interpreting Ancient Fragments20
Ch. 3The "Invention" of Rhetoric39
Ch. 4Toward an Understanding of Sophistic Theories of Rhetoric64
Pt. IIAnalysis of the Major Fragments of Protagoras87
Ch. 5The Two-Logoi Fragment89
Ch. 6The "Stronger and Weaker" Logoi Fragment103
Ch. 7The "Human-Measure" Fragment117
Ch. 8The "Impossible to Contradict" Fragment134
Ch. 9The "Concerning the Gods" Fragment141
Pt. IIIProtagoras and Early Greek Philosophy and Rhetoric155
Ch. 10Protagoras and Fifth-Century Education157
Ch. 11Protagoras, Logos, and the Polis175
Ch. 12Protagoras "versus" Plato and Aristotle190
Ch. 13Protagoras' Legacy to Rhetorical Theory197
Afterword205
App. AChronology of Protagoras' Life217
App. BData from the TLG Search for [rho][eta][tau][omicron][rho][iota][kappa]219
App. CThree Spurious Attributions226
Bibliography230
Index247

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