3 Outline_Sophists_and_Plato

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Greek Rhetoric, Plato “grammatical period” learning how to put together words to persuade. Making up the rules and studying the  impact of words in persuading others. I. Corax and Tisias  the firsts. Syracuse, Sicily. (main city in Sicily, Greek colony). Corax and Tisias’  student studied rhetoric… Syracuse undergone series of bad tyrants. Democracy restored after about 30 years of  awful tyrants. How do the original owners get their property back? Some of the transactions were unfair but  “legal”. Corax mind for money – helped people get their things back. “Lawyer for the rich and famous.” Tisias  was his student.  Doctrine of general probability most famous for. Deceptively simple: one of two  propositions is more likely to be true than another. Doesn’t win cases by itself, but useful when  properly contextualized. Big man, little man story –two in a fight, who started it? Probability was  beginning to be a basis on which argument could be made. *part of contemporary def of rhetoric…  started here. *470 BC Summary of Greek Period:     II. Sophists:  ppl arguing not because they’re right but just to be right. Ridiculous arguments, without  factual basis In ancient words: “Greek Teachers” “lover of wisdom” “one who has wisdom” Movement start around 500 BC Traveled around city-states with specialized knowledge, looked for people who would pay to learn rhetoric.  Tutors, speakers/lecturers, teachers (classes). Taught rhetoric, philosophy Talked to “the masses” about almost any matter of importance. *some colleges have a “soapbox” platform thing  and just give speeches about anything, “free speech alley” Sophists would speak and get paid.  They became pretty important… some controversy over what they taught… especially teaching how to make 
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2010 for the course COMM 2064 taught by Professor Jimkuypers during the Spring '08 term at Virginia Tech.

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