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By John Poulakos

In Sophistical Rhetoric in Classical Greece, John Poulakos bargains a brand new conceptualization of sophistry, explaining its course and form in addition to the explanations why Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle stumbled on it objectionable. Poulakos argues right figuring out of sophistical rhetoric calls for a seize of 3 cultural dynamics of the 5th century B.C.: the common sense of situations, the ethic of festival, and the classy of exhibition. Traced to such phenomena as daily practices, athletic contests, and dramatic performances, those dynamics set the degree for the function of sophistical rhetoric in Hellenic tradition and clarify why sophistry has commonly been understood as inconsistent, agonistic, and ostentatious. In his dialogue of old responses to sophistical rhetoric, Poulakos observes that Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle came upon sophistry morally reprehensible, politically dead, and theoretically incoherent. while, they produced their very own model of rhetoric that encouraged moral integrity, political unification, and theoretical coherence. Poulakos explains that those responses and replacement models have been stimulated via a look for strategies to such old difficulties as ethical uncertainty, political instability, and social disease. Poulakos concludes that sophistical rhetoric used to be as worthy in its day as its Platonic, Isocratean, and Aristotelian opposite numbers have been in theirs.

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