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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, hence averting the matter of generalizing a couple of disparate staff of people; he argues that we needs to abandon Platonic assumptions in regards to the sophists more often than not and Gorgias particularly, opting in its place for a holistic examining of the Gorgianic fragments; and he reexamines the perform of appropriating sophistic doctrines, quite these of Gorgias, in gentle of the hot interpretation of Gorgianic rhetoric provided during this book.

 

In the 1st chapters, McComiskey bargains with a false impression in accordance with selective and Platonic readings of the extant fragments: that Gorgias's rhetorical technê contains the misleading perform of manipulating public opinion. This renowned and finally deceptive interpretation of Gorgianic doctrines has been the root for lots 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 starting chapters. He concludes by means of reading the way forward for communique reviews 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 considering that 1900.

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