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 path and form in addition to the explanations why Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle came upon it objectionable. Poulakos argues right knowing of sophistical rhetoric calls for a clutch of 3 cultural dynamics of the 5th century B.C.: the good judgment of situations, the ethic of pageant, and the cultured of exhibition. Traced to such phenomena as daily practices, athletic contests, and dramatic performances, those dynamics set the level for the function of sophistical rhetoric in Hellenic tradition and clarify why sophistry has regularly been understood as inconsistent, agonistic, and ostentatious. In his dialogue of historic responses to sophistical rhetoric, Poulakos observes that Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle came upon 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 models have been encouraged via a look for recommendations to such historic difficulties as ethical uncertainty, political instability, and social affliction. Poulakos concludes that sophistical rhetoric used to be as priceless in its day as its Platonic, Isocratean, and Aristotelian opposite numbers have been in theirs.

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