Sophistical Rhetoric in Classical Greece (Studies in Rhetoric/Communication)

By John Poulakos

In Sophistical Rhetoric in Classical Greece, John Poulakos deals a brand new conceptualization of sophistry, explaining its course and form in addition to the explanations why Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle discovered it objectionable. Poulakos argues right knowing of sophistical rhetoric calls for a clutch of 3 cultural dynamics of the 5th century B.C.: the common sense of conditions, the ethic of pageant, and the classy of exhibition. Traced to such phenomena as daily practices, athletic contests, and dramatic performances, those dynamics set the level for the position of sophistical rhetoric in Hellenic tradition and clarify why sophistry has usually been understood as inconsistent, agonistic, and ostentatious. In his dialogue of old responses to sophistical rhetoric, Poulakos observes that Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle came across sophistry morally reprehensible, politically lifeless, and theoretically incoherent. while, they produced their very own model of rhetoric that endorsed moral integrity, political unification, and theoretical coherence. Poulakos explains that those responses and replacement types have been influenced through a look for ideas to such old difficulties as ethical uncertainty, political instability, and social ailment. Poulakos concludes that sophistical rhetoric used to be as valuable in its day as its Platonic, Isocratean, and Aristotelian opposite numbers have been in theirs.

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