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Plato on Rhetoric and Language

Four Key Dialogues

Plato on Rhetoric and Language( )
Editor: Nienkamp, Jean
Author: Plato,
ISBN:978-1-880393-33-8
Publication Date:Jul 1999
Publisher:Routledge
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $79.99
Book Description:

Plato on Rhetoric and Language presents, for the first time in one volume, four key Platonic dialogues on rhetoric and language in complete, contemporary translations: the Ion, the Protagoras, the Gorgias, and the Phaedrus. Previously, those interested in reading or teaching these dialogues had to acquire several books, typically having introductions that portrayed Plato's philosophy as strictly anti-rhetorical. The introduction to this volume treats...
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Book Details
Pages:232
Detailed Subjects: Language Arts & Disciplines / Rhetoric
Philosophy / Language
Language Arts & Disciplines / Linguistics / General
Philosophy / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):15.4 x 22.8 x 1.4 cm
Book Weight:0.341 Kilograms
Author Biography
Plató (Editor)
Plato was born c. 427 B.C. in Athens, Greece, to an aristocratic family very much involved in political government. Pericles, famous ruler of Athens during its golden age, was Plato's stepfather. Plato was well educated and studied under Socrates, with whom he developed a close friendship. When Socrates was publically executed in 399 B.C., Plato finally distanced himself from a career in Athenian politics, instead becoming one of the greatest philosophers of Western civilization. Plato extended Socrates's inquiries to his students, one of the most famous being Aristotle.

Plato's The Republic is an enduring work, discussing justice, the importance of education, and the qualities needed for rulers to succeed. Plato felt governors must be philosophers so they may govern wisely and effectively. Plato founded the Academy, an educational institution dedicated to pursuing philosophic truth. The Academy lasted well into the 6th century A.D., and is the model for all western universities. Its formation is along the lines Plato laid out in The Republic.

Many of Plato's essays and writings survive to this day. Plato died in 347 B.C. at the age of 80.

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