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Author Irani, Tushar, 1980- author.

Title Plato on the value of philosophy : the art of argument in the Gorgias and Phaedrus / Tushar Irani, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2017


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
Summary 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 understood in light of the other. For Plato, the way in which we approach argument typically reveals something about our deeper desires and motivations, particularly with respect to other people, and so the key to understanding his views on the proper practice of argument lies in his understanding of human psychology. According to this reading, rhetoric done well is simply the practice of philosophy, the pursuit of which has far-reaching implications for how we should relate to others and how we ought to live
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Plato
Plato. Gorgias.
Plato. Phaedrus.
SUBJECT Plato fast
Plato, approximately 428/7 v. Chr.-348/7 v. Chr. Gorgias. gnd
Plato v427-v347 Phaedrus gnd
Gorgias (Plato) fast
Phaedrus (Plato) fast
Subject Philosophy, Ancient.
Rhetoric, Ancient.
PHILOSOPHY -- History & Surveys -- Ancient & Classical.
Philosophy, Ancient
Rhetoric, Ancient
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781316861516