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RQ 2.1 Poulakos

RQ 2.1 Poulakos - 5 Translate to dynaton and briefly...

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Name: Group #: Reading Questions: Sophistic Rhetoric Revisited Reading Assignment : John Poulakos, “Toward a Sophistic Definition of Rhetoric,” Philosophy and Rhetoric 16 (1983), 35-48. Poulakos talks about the sophists as a group, provides a general view of rhetoric, and provides key terms that will guide our thinking for the rest of the semester. 1. What is Poulakos’ sophistic definition of rhetoric? 2. Identify and briefly describe both of what Poulakos calls “the double aim of rhetoric” for the sophists. 3. Translate kairos , and briefly summarize what Poulakos says about it. 4. Translate to prepon , and briefly summarize what Poulakos says about it.
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Unformatted text preview: 5. Translate to dynaton , and briefly summarize what Poulakos says about it. 6. Think back to Gorgias’ Encomium of Helen. Does his piece confirm Poulakos’ perspective on Sophistic rhetoric? Provide specific explanations for your position. 7. Think back to the pieces on Protagoras. What are the similarities between Schiappa’s explanation of the Sophists and Poulakos’? What are the differences? 8. Provide a contemporary example of a situation that embodies (or fails to embody) the concepts of kairos, to prepon , and to dynaton . Briefly explain the situation and apply these three concepts....
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