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Couch city : Socrates against Simonides

Author: Harry Berger, Jr.; Ward J Risvold; J Benjamin Fuqua; Jill Frank
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2021. ©2021
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Crowning six decades of literary, rhetorical, and historical scholarship, Harry Berger, Jr., offers readers another trenchant reading. Berger subverts the usual interpretations of Plato's kalos kagathos, showing Socrates to be trapped in a double ventriloquism, tethered to his interlocutors' speech acts even as they are tethered to his. Plato's Republic and Protagoras both reserve a small but significant place for a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Berger, Harry.
Couch City.
New York : Fordham University Press, ©2021
Named Person: Socrates.; Simonides; Plato.; Plato.; Simonides; Socrates.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Harry Berger, Jr.; Ward J Risvold; J Benjamin Fuqua; Jill Frank
ISBN: 9780823294251 0823294250 9780823294244 0823294242 0823297411 9780823297412
OCLC Number: 1243554226
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction: Speech Bonds --
Part I. The Republic --
Couch City, or, The Discourse of the Couch --
Simonides, Part 1 --
Simonides, Part 2 --
Simonides, Part 3 --
Simonides, Part 4 --
Part II. The Protagoras --
Macrological Mystification: Protagoras's Myth --
The Ethics of Etceteration --
The Parts of Gold and the Parts of Face --
Sophistry as Safemindedness in the Protagoras.
Responsibility: Harry Berger, Jr. ; edited by Ward Risvold and J. Benjamin Fuqua ; introduction by Jill Frank.
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Crowning six decades of literary, rhetorical, and historical scholarship, Harry Berger, Jr., offers readers another trenchant reading. Berger subverts the usual interpretations of Plato's kalos kagathos, showing Socrates to be trapped in a double ventriloquism, tethered to his interlocutors' speech acts even as they are tethered to his. Plato's Republic and Protagoras both reserve a small but significant place for a poet who differs from Homer and Hesiod: the lyric poet Simonides of Ceos. In the Protagoras, Socrates takes apart a poem attributed to Simonides and uses this to finish off the famous and supposedly dangerous sophist, Protagoras. Couch City is a close reading of the comic procedures Socrates deploys against Protagoras as he reduces him to silence. But it also shows that Socrates takes the danger posed by Protagoras and his fellow sophists seriously. Even if they are represented as buffoons, sophists are among the charismatic authority figures--poets, rhapsodes, seers, orators, and lawgivers--who promote views harmful to Athenian democracy. Socrates uses Simonides's poem to show how sophists not only practice misinterpretation but are unable to defend against it. Berger ports his roots as a pioneering literary theorist into this rhetorical discussion, balancing ideas such as speech-act theory with hard-nosed philology. The result is a provocative and counterintuitive reassessment of Plato's engagement with democracy.

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