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Rhetoric and irony : Western literacy and Western lies

Author: C Jan Swearingen
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.
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This study synthesizes existing arguments about the perception of dialogue, writing and language in the ancient world. It examines specifically the work of four key figures: Plato, Aristotle, Cicero  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: C Jan Swearingen
ISBN: 0195063627 9780195063622
OCLC Number: 22110998
Description: xvi, 323 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Before Being or Not-Being Was: Logos and Logic Among the Preplatonics --
The Preplatonic Logos --
The Poets' Deceptions: Poiesis, Pseudos, and Apate --
Preplatonic Rhetoric: Sophists or Statesmen? --
Rhetor and Eiron: Plato's Defense of Dialogue --
Writer, Rhetor, Eiron: The Sophistic Teachings --
Plato's "True Rhetoric": Dialogue --
Dialogue and Dialectic: The Philosopher as Sophist --
Aristotle: A Logic of Terms, a Rhetoric of Motives --
The Rationale: Divide and Preserve --
From Categories to Koinoi Topoi: Of Words, Sentences, Proofs, and Arguments --
The Institutionalization of Rhetoric --
The Aestheticization of Irony Cicero: Defining the Value of Literacy --
Hermes and Janus --
From Diegesis to Narratio: Rhetoric and History --
The Case Against Technical Rhetoric --
Those Contentious Greeklings and Their Probabilities --
When the Rhetor Lies: Augustine's Critique of Mendacity --
Anatomy of a Conversion: Rhetorician, Manichean, Academic, Platonist, Catechumen, Bishop --
Of Signs, Signification, Literary Lies, and Rhetorical Fables --
To Use Language to Lie Is a Sin --
Inscriptions of Self and the Erasure of Truth --
Being Talk Deceives --
Literary Fiction, Rhetorical Lie, and Logic as Illusion --
Reinscribing the Self --
Hidden Truth and Hidden Meaning.
Responsibility: C. Jan Swearingen.
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