By Bruce McComiskey
In Gorgias and the hot Sophistic Rhetoric, Bruce McComiskey achieves 3 rhetorical ambitions: he treats a unmarried sophist's rhetorical technê (art) within the context of the highbrow upheavals of fifth-century bce Greece, hence keeping off the matter of generalizing a few disparate staff of people; he argues that we needs to abandon Platonic assumptions concerning the sophists commonly and Gorgias particularly, opting as a substitute for a holistic examining of the Gorgianic fragments; and he reexamines the perform of appropriating sophistic doctrines, relatively these of Gorgias, in gentle of the recent interpretation of Gorgianic rhetoric provided during this book.
In the 1st chapters, McComiskey offers with a false impression according to selective and Platonic readings of the extant fragments: that Gorgias's rhetorical technê contains the misleading perform of manipulating public opinion. This well known and eventually deceptive interpretation of Gorgianic doctrines has been the root for plenty 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 commencing chapters. He concludes by means of analyzing the way forward for conversation reviews to find what roles neosophistic doctrines may well play within the twenty-first century.
McComiskey additionally offers a selective bibliography of scholarship on sophistic rhetoric and philosophy in English considering 1900.
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