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By John Poulakos

In Sophistical Rhetoric in Classical Greece, John Poulakos bargains a brand new conceptualization of sophistry, explaining its path and form in addition to the explanations why Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle came upon it objectionable. Poulakos argues right realizing of sophistical rhetoric calls for a seize of 3 cultural dynamics of the 5th century B.C.: the good judgment of conditions, the ethic of festival, and the cultured of exhibition. Traced to such phenomena as daily practices, athletic contests, and dramatic performances, those dynamics set the level for the function of sophistical rhetoric in Hellenic tradition and clarify why sophistry has usually been understood as inconsistent, agonistic, and ostentatious. In his dialogue of old responses to sophistical rhetoric, Poulakos observes that Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle came across sophistry morally reprehensible, politically lifeless, and theoretically incoherent. whilst, they produced their very own model of rhetoric that recommended moral integrity, political unification, and theoretical coherence. Poulakos explains that those responses and replacement models have been prompted by means of a look for options to such ancient difficulties as ethical uncertainty, political instability, and social illness. Poulakos concludes that sophistical rhetoric used to be as valuable in its day as its Platonic, Isocratean, and Aristotelian opposite numbers have been in theirs.

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