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By Bruce McComiskey

In Gorgias and the hot Sophistic Rhetoric, Bruce McComiskey achieves 3 rhetorical objectives: he treats a unmarried sophist's rhetorical technê (art) within the context of the highbrow upheavals of fifth-century bce Greece, hence fending off the matter of generalizing a few disparate staff of people; he argues that we needs to abandon Platonic assumptions concerning the sophists regularly and Gorgias particularly, opting as a substitute for a holistic studying of the Gorgianic fragments; and he reexamines the perform of appropriating sophistic doctrines, really 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 consists of the misleading perform of manipulating public opinion. This renowned and eventually deceptive interpretation of Gorgianic doctrines has been the root for lots of neosophistic appropriations. the ultimate 3 chapters care for the character and scope of neosophistic rhetoric in mild of the non-Platonic and holistic interpretation of Gorgianic rhetoric McComiskey postulates in his starting chapters. He concludes through reading the way forward for conversation reports 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 due to the fact 1900.

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