Gorgias and Rhetoric

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  • Copyright: 2008-10-15
  • Publisher: Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Co.

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Plato's Gorgias contains a classical attack on rhetoric and Aristotle's Rhetoric is a classical defense of it. This pairing of the two books in one volume allows the reader to enter into a philosophic exchange of unusual depth. Complete with a thorough introduction and designed to emphasize the illumination each work sheds on the other, translator Joe Sachs argues that the two texts constitute a complex conversation rather than a mere opposition. The relation between the thinking of Plato and Aristotle can be understood directly through the study of this highly focused exchange. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Joe Sachs taught for thirty years at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland. He has translated Aristotle's Physics, Metaphysics and On the Soul and, for the Focus Philosophical Library, Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Poetics as well as Plato's Theaetetus.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The Gorgias of Platop. 29
Introductory conversation (447A-448C)p. 30
Socrates and Gorgias (448D-461B)p. 32
Socrates and Polus (461B-481B)p. 45
Callicles' interruption and speech (481B-486D)p. 68
Socrates and Callicles (486D-523A)p. 74
Socrates' concluding speech (523A-527E)p. 116
The Rhetoric of Aristotlep. 121
Chapter Summariesp. 121
Book I: (Rhetorical speech: its nature, its kinds, and the opinions it is based on)p. 133
Book II: (Design of speeches: passions and predispositions of audiences and techniques of argument)p. 189
Book III: (Presentation in speaking: wording and arrangement)p. 247
Glossaryp. 285
Indexp. 291
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