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 couple of disparate workforce of people; he argues that we needs to abandon Platonic assumptions in regards to the sophists usually and Gorgias particularly, opting in its place for a holistic interpreting of the Gorgianic fragments; and he reexamines the perform of appropriating sophistic doctrines, really these of Gorgias, in gentle of the recent interpretation of Gorgianic rhetoric provided during this book.
In the 1st chapters, McComiskey bargains with a false impression according 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 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 starting chapters. He concludes via analyzing the way forward for communique reports to find what roles neosophistic doctrines may well 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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