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

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Overview

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
  • Edition number: 2
  • 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. I Prolegomenon to the Study of Early Greek Rhetorical Theory 1
Ch. 1 Why a Study of Protagoras? 3
Ch. 2 Interpreting Ancient Fragments 20
Ch. 3 The "Invention" of Rhetoric 39
Ch. 4 Toward an Understanding of Sophistic Theories of Rhetoric 64
Pt. II Analysis of the Major Fragments of Protagoras 87
Ch. 5 The Two-Logoi Fragment 89
Ch. 6 The "Stronger and Weaker" Logoi Fragment 103
Ch. 7 The "Human-Measure" Fragment 117
Ch. 8 The "Impossible to Contradict" Fragment 134
Ch. 9 The "Concerning the Gods" Fragment 141
Pt. III Protagoras and Early Greek Philosophy and Rhetoric 155
Ch. 10 Protagoras and Fifth-Century Education 157
Ch. 11 Protagoras, Logos, and the Polis 175
Ch. 12 Protagoras "versus" Plato and Aristotle 190
Ch. 13 Protagoras' Legacy to Rhetorical Theory 197
Afterword 205
App. A Chronology of Protagoras' Life 217
App. B Data from the TLG Search for [rho][eta][tau][omicron][rho][iota][kappa] 219
App. C Three Spurious Attributions 226
Bibliography 230
Index 247
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