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Plato was the first philosopher in the western tradition to reflect systematically (and often critically) on rhetoric. In this book, Tushar Irani presents a comprehensive and innovative reading of the Gorgias and the Phaedrus, the only two Platonic dialogues to focus on what an 'art of argument' should look like, treating each of the texts individually, yet ultimately demonstrating how each can best be understood in light of the other. For Plato, the way in which we approach argument typically reveals something about our deeper desires and motivations, particularly with respect to other people, and so the key to understanding his views on the proper practice of argument lies in his understanding of human psychology. According to this reading, rhetoric done well is simply the practice of philosophy, the pursuit of which has far-reaching implications for how we should relate to others and how we ought to live.Read more
- Provides the most thorough study yet of Plato's views on the nature and value of rhetoric in relation to philosophy
- Presents separate, detailed readings of two key dialogues, the Gorgias and the Phaedrus, while showing how each can illuminate the other
- The first investigation into how Plato's understanding of moral psychology relates to his thinking on the role and practice of argument in civic life
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- Date Published: March 2017
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107181984
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.48kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. The Gorgias:
1. Socrates and Gorgias on the aims of argument
2. Towards an art of argument
3. The contradictions of Callicles
4. Pleasure, virtue, and the human good
Part II. The Phaedrus:
5. Socrates and Lysias on the aims of love
6. Loving wisdom
7. Loving others
8. The self-motion of the soul
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