By Bruce McComiskey

In Gorgias and the recent Sophistic Rhetoric, Bruce McComiskey achieves 3 rhetorical pursuits: he treats a unmarried sophist's rhetorical technê (art) within the context of the highbrow upheavals of fifth-century bce Greece, therefore averting the matter of generalizing a couple of disparate workforce of people; he argues that we needs to abandon Platonic assumptions concerning the sophists generally and Gorgias specifically, opting as a substitute for a holistic interpreting of the Gorgianic fragments; and he reexamines the perform of appropriating sophistic doctrines, relatively these of Gorgias, in mild of the recent interpretation of Gorgianic rhetoric provided during this book.

 

In the 1st chapters, McComiskey bargains with a false impression in response to selective and Platonic readings of the extant fragments: that Gorgias's rhetorical technê comprises the misleading perform of manipulating public opinion. This well known and finally deceptive interpretation of Gorgianic doctrines has been the root for plenty of neosophistic appropriations. the ultimate 3 chapters take care of the character and scope of neosophistic rhetoric in mild of the non-Platonic and holistic interpretation of Gorgianic rhetoric McComiskey postulates in his beginning chapters. He concludes through studying the way forward for conversation reviews to find what roles neosophistic doctrines may play within the twenty-first century.

 

McComiskey additionally offers a selective bibliography of scholarship on sophistic rhetoric and philosophy in English when you consider that 1900.

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