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The Resource The rhetoric of Plato's Republic : democracy and the philosophical problem of persuasion, James L. Kastely

The rhetoric of Plato's Republic : democracy and the philosophical problem of persuasion, James L. Kastely

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The rhetoric of Plato's Republic : democracy and the philosophical problem of persuasion
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The rhetoric of Plato's Republic
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democracy and the philosophical problem of persuasion
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James L. Kastely
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eng
Summary
Plato isn't exactly thought of as a champion of democracy, and perhaps even less as an important rhetorical theorist. In this book, James L. Kastely recasts Plato in just these lights, offering a vivid new reading of one of Plato's most important works: the Republic. At heart, Kastely demonstrates, the Republic is a democratic epic poem and pioneering work in rhetorical theory. Examining issues of justice, communication, persuasion, and audience, he uncovers a seedbed of theoretical ideas that resonate all the way up to our contemporary democratic practices. As Kastely shows, the Republic begins with two interrelated crises: one rhetorical, one philosophical. In the first, democracy is defended by a discourse of justice, but no one can take this discourse seriously because no one can see<U+0127> �in a world where the powerful dominate the weak<U+0127> �how justice is a value in itself. That value must be found philosophically, but philosophy, as Plato and Socrates understand it, can reach only the very few. In order to reach its larger political audience, it must become rhetoric; it must become a persuasive part of the larger culture<U+0127> �which, at that time, meant epic poetry. Tracing how Plato and Socrates formulate this transformation in the Republic, Kastely isolates a crucial theory of persuasion that is central to how we talk together about justice and organize ourselves according to democratic principles.--
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1947-
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Kastely, James L.
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321.07
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Plato
  • Democracy
  • Persuasion (Rhetoric)
  • Philosophy, Ancient
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The rhetoric of Plato's Republic : democracy and the philosophical problem of persuasion, James L. Kastely
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-244) and index
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text
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Contents
The Republic: Plato's democratic epic -- The elenchic victory and the failure of persuasion -- Glaucon's request for a persuasive argument -- Confronting obstacles to persuasion -- The limits of persuasion: the residual force of culture and the unruliness of desire -- The argument for philosophy -- A rhetorical account of philosophy -- Compelling a philosopher -- A genuinely persuasive defense of justice? -- The rhetorical office of poetry -- Philosophical rhetoric
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FIEb17746966
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 260 pages
Isbn
9780226278629
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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  • n
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(OCoLC)898086832
Label
The rhetoric of Plato's Republic : democracy and the philosophical problem of persuasion, James L. Kastely
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-244) and index
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
The Republic: Plato's democratic epic -- The elenchic victory and the failure of persuasion -- Glaucon's request for a persuasive argument -- Confronting obstacles to persuasion -- The limits of persuasion: the residual force of culture and the unruliness of desire -- The argument for philosophy -- A rhetorical account of philosophy -- Compelling a philosopher -- A genuinely persuasive defense of justice? -- The rhetorical office of poetry -- Philosophical rhetoric
Control code
FIEb17746966
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 260 pages
Isbn
9780226278629
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)898086832

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