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Open book quiz. Straight from textbook (no lecture). 1 hr to answer 10 questions. *save each question after  answer it. Just chapter 4. Due before class R.  Isocrates (436-338)  just as big as Plato and Aristotle. One of the “Big Three”. Studied regularly up  until about 30 yrs ago. Major influence on rhetorical theory. Been brought back last… 50 years. Same time  period Plato and Aristotle. Also had a big school… Plato big guy, but smaller in rhetoric so… Isocrates – rhetoric was his thing Isocrates: 3 main areas –  1. Practical education 2. Periodic sentence 3. Major works Rhetoric – how Greeks taught it… Look at big picture rhetoric… and then specific contributions logographer   A. Practical Education:  had a school in Athens, taught philosophy.  “practical education of a statesman” statesman – someone of exceptional quality – really good  politician, has integrity, embodies the best that civilization/culture has to offer. Smart and “reaches  across the aisle” etc etc philosophy    “knowledge in service to public culture” learning how to fulfill civic duty –  b/c their government, anyone eligible could be called upon to serve.  1. Public speaking. In government, in war. 2. Practical knowledge. Isocrates always about the practical. (Plato about stretching the  mind… today about both practical and theoretical/learning in itself). Isocrates believed  no absolute truth. – in opposition to Plato. Big reason why Isocrates and Plato against  each other. 3.
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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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