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9.14%20RQs%20Protagoras%20and%20Billig - Rhetorical...

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Rhetorical Foundations COMM 3300 Name: Alexandra Millrood (9171) Reading Questions 3: Protagoras and Isocrates Protagoras Fragments: 1. Think about what Protagoras seems to be saying in each of the three fragments included in today’s reading. “For all things [or issues; the Greek word is pragmata ], there are dissoi logoi [opposing accounts or arguments]” “Of all things the measure is man, of things that are that they are, and of things that are not that they are not.” “Concerning the gods, I cannot know either that they exist or that they do not exist; for there is much to prevent one’s knowing: the obscurity of the subject and the shortness of man’s life.” Billig, “The Genius of Protagoras”: 2. What does Billig mean by “the two-sidedness of human thinking”? Billig adapts this idea of “the two-sidedness of human thinking” from Protagoras’s pioneering thoughts surrounding rhetoric and the human nature. According to Diogenes Laertius, Protagoras was "the first person who asserted that in every question there were two sides to the argument exactly opposite to one another.” This
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