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By Bruce McComiskey

In Gorgias and the recent Sophistic Rhetoric, Bruce McComiskey achieves 3 rhetorical targets: he treats a unmarried sophist's rhetorical technê (art) within the context of the highbrow upheavals of fifth-century bce Greece, therefore warding off the matter of generalizing a couple of disparate crew of people; he argues that we needs to abandon Platonic assumptions concerning the sophists more often than not and Gorgias particularly, opting as an alternative for a holistic studying of the Gorgianic fragments; and he reexamines the perform of appropriating sophistic doctrines, rather these of Gorgias, in mild of the recent interpretation of Gorgianic rhetoric provided during this book.

 

In the 1st chapters, McComiskey offers with a false impression in line with selective and Platonic readings of the extant fragments: that Gorgias's rhetorical technê includes the misleading perform of manipulating public opinion. This renowned and eventually deceptive interpretation of Gorgianic doctrines has been the foundation for plenty of neosophistic appropriations. the ultimate 3 chapters take care of the character and scope of neosophistic rhetoric in gentle of the non-Platonic and holistic interpretation of Gorgianic rhetoric McComiskey postulates in his commencing chapters. He concludes through studying the way forward for communique reports to find what roles neosophistic doctrines could play within the twenty-first century.

 

McComiskey additionally presents a selective bibliography of scholarship on sophistic rhetoric and philosophy in English on account that 1900.

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