Sophistic Rhetoric I - Gorgias, Poulakos Questions

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Reading Questions 2: Sophistic Rhetoric I (Gorgias, Poulakos) Poulakos: 1. What is Poulakos’ sophistic definition of rhetoric? Poulakos’ sophistic definition of rhetoric is, “…the art which seeks to capture in opportune moments that which is appropriate and attempts to suggest that which is possible.” 2. What is the medium and double aim of the art of rhetoric, in this view? The medium of rhetoric is logos, and the double aim is terpis (aesthetic pleasure) and pistis (belief). 3. Note Poulakos’ comments about the sophists’ preoccupation with style [no need to type anything up here, but be prepared to discuss]. 4. Translate kairos , and in a sentence or two, suggest why it is an important principle of rhetoric. Kairos means “the opportune moment.” This concept points out that speech exists in time, but more importantly, that it constitutes a prompting toward speaking and a criterion of the value of speech. It dictates that what is said must be said at the right time. 5.
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