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Plato on the value of philosophy : the art of argument in the Gorgias and Phaedrus

Author: Tushar Irani
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
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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  Read more...
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Irani, Tushar, 1980-
Plato on the value of philosophy.
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2017
(DLC) 2016048275
(OCoLC)962231057
Named Person: Plato.; Plato.; Plato.; Plato.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tushar Irani
ISBN: 9781316861516 1316861511
OCLC Number: 982287986
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Half title; Title; Copyright; Epigraph; Contents; Preface; Note on Editions and Translations Used; Introduction; Overcoming Misology; Some Fifth-Century Background: Plato and his Predecessors; Some Fourth-Century Background: Isocrates on the Value of Philosophy; The Argument of this Book; Part I The Gorgias; 1 Socrates and Gorgias on the Aims of Argument; 1.1 Two Ways of Life; 1.2 The Force of Argument; 1.3 The Turn Within; 1.4 The Personal and the Political; 2 Towards an Art of Argument; 2.1 The Art of Politics; 2.2 The Ends of Rhetoric; 2.3 The Ends of Philosophy 2.4 A True Art of Rhetoric?3 The Contradictions of Callicles; 3.1 Two Kinds of Love; 3.2 Callicles' Great Speech; 3.3 The Disharmony of the Rhetorical Life; 3.4 The Harmony of the Philosophical Life; 3.5 Friendship, Wisdom, and the Common Good; 4 Pleasure, Virtue, and the Human Good; 4.1 Callicles' Hedonism; 4.2 The Value of Wisdom; 4.3 Vindicating the Philosophical Life; 4.4 A Problem Resolved; 4.5 A Final Impasse?; Part II The Phaedrus; 5 Socrates and Lysias on the Aims of Love; 5.1 Philosophical Eros; 5.2 Lysias' Speech: Friendship without Love? 5.3 Socrates' First Speech: The Desires of the Soul5.4 Socrates' Second Speech: The Education of Desire; 5.5 The Motivation of the Philosopher Revisited; 6 Loving Wisdom; 6.1 Beauty and Truth; 6.2 Eros and Appetite; 6.3 Coercion and Compulsion; 6.4 The Force of Necessity; 7 Loving Others; 7.1 The Value of Friendship; 7.2 Psuchagogia, Philologia, Philosophia; 7.3 Friendship without Assimilation?; 7.4 Non-Ideal Interlocutors; 8 The Self-Motion of the Soul; 8.1 The Care of the Soul; 8.2 Alcidamas on Ensouled Speech; 8.3 The Art of Rhetoric; 8.4 Cultivating Minds; Conclusion From Philosophia to PhilanthropiaSocratic Method and Socratic Egoism; Philosophy and the Ends of Life; Bibliography; Subject Index; Index Locorum
Responsibility: Tushar Irani, Wesleyan University, Connecticut.

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