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Speaking for the Polis

Takis Poulakos

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ISBN 10: 1570037930 / ISBN 13: 9781570037931
Published by University of South Carolina Press
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Paperback. 148 pages. Dimensions: 8.8in. x 5.9in. x 0.4in.Speaking for the Polis considers Isocrates educational program from the perspective of rhetorical theory and explores its relation to sociopolitical practices. Illumining Isocrates efforts to reformulate sophistic conceptions of rhetoric on the basis of the intellectual and political debates of his times, Takis Poulakos contends that the father of humanistic studies and rival educator of Plato crafted a version of rhetoric that gave the art an important new role in the ethical and political activities of Athens. Poulakos demonstrates how Isocrates adopted, transformed, and put to new tasks Protagorean and Gorgianic notions of rhetoric and how he used rhetoric to resolve tensions between political equality and social inequality. Poulakos suggests that Isocrates rhetorical endeavors gained stability through narratives of values and shared commitments, credence through seasoned arguments about plausible solutions to political discord, and weight through the convergence of the speakers words and quality of character. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781570037931

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Title: Speaking for the Polis

Publisher: University of South Carolina Press

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Book Type: Paperback

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Speaking for the Polis considers Isocrates' educational program from the perspective of rhetorical theory and explores its relation to sociopolitical practices. Illumining Isocrates' efforts to reformulate sophistic conceptions of rhetoric on the basis of the intellectual and political debates of his times, Takis Poulakos contends that the father of humanistic studies and rival educator of Plato crafted a version of rhetoric that gave the art an important new role in the ethical and political activities of Athens. Poulakos demonstrates how Isocrates adopted, transformed, and put to new tasks Protagorean and Gorgianic notions of rhetoric and how he used rhetoric to resolve tensions between political equality and social inequality. Poulakos suggests that Isocrates' rhetorical endeavors gained stability through narratives of values and shared commitments, credence through seasoned arguments about plausible solutions to political discord, and weight through the convergence of the speaker's words and quality of character.

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Takis Poulakos is an associate professor of rhetoric at the University of Iowa. His other books are Greek Classical Rhetorical Theory, Rethinking the History of Rhetoric, The Philosophy of Communication, and Isocrates and Civic Education.

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