Into the Gray: Resurrecting Plato in the (Long) Histories of Rhetoric

Into the Gray: Resurrecting Plato in the (Long) History of Rhetoric         “The history of rhetoric” is and always has been a history(ies) composed of inadequate simplifications, of gross and destructive substitutions and easy answers, of early forecasts in uncertain clouds. Indeed, re-writing “the history” has become a favorite pastime of rhetoric … Continue reading Into the Gray: Resurrecting Plato in the (Long) Histories of Rhetoric

Probing Democracy: Gorgias, Public Rhetoric and the Electrate Polus

Despite a frustrating lack of any palpable challenge to Socrates' naive, limited essentialism, Plato's Gorgias is of undeniable interest to any rhetorician even beyond the explicit discussion of oratory and sophistry contained in its opening discussion. The dialogue is well known in composition and rhetoric for its inaugural debate in which Socrates utilizes his famed method … Continue reading Probing Democracy: Gorgias, Public Rhetoric and the Electrate Polus