By pairing translations of Gorgias and Rhetoric, along with an outstanding introductory essay, Joe Sachs demonstrates Aristotles response to Plato. If in the Gorgias Plato probes the question of what is problematic in rhetoric, in Rhetoric, Aristotle continues the thread by looking at what makes rhetoric useful. By juxtaposing the two texts, an interesting "conversation" is illuminated—one which students of philosophy and rhetoric will find key in their analytical pursuits.
Focus Philosophical Library translations are close to and are non-interpretative of the original text, with the notes and a glossary intending to provide the reader with some sense of the terms and the concepts as they were understood by Aristotle and Plato’s immediate audience.
About the Author
Joe Sachs taught for thirty years at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland. He has translated Aristotle's Physics, Metaphysics and On the Soul and, for the Focus Philosophical Library, Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Poetics as well as Plato's Theaetetus and Republic.
Table of Contents
The Gorgias of Plato 29
Introductory conversation (447A-448C) 30
Socrates and Gorgias (448D-461B) 32
Socrates and Polus (461B-481B) 45
Callicles' interruption and speech (481B-486D) 68
Socrates and Callicles (486D-523A) 74
Socrates' concluding speech (523A-527E) 116
The Rhetoric of Aristotle 121
Chapter Summaries 121
Book I: (Rhetorical speech: its nature, its kinds, and the opinions it is based on) 133
Book II: (Design of speeches: passions and predispositions of audiences and techniques of argument) 189
Book III: (Presentation in speaking: wording and arrangement) 247