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The Rhetoric of Plato'S RepublicDemocracy and the Philosophical Problem of Persuasion$
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James L. Kastely

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226278629

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226278766.001.0001

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Glaucon’s Request for a Persuasive Argument

Glaucon’s Request for a Persuasive Argument

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(p.46) Chapter Three Glaucon’s Request for a Persuasive Argument
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The Rhetoric of Plato'S Republic
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James L. Kastely

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226278766.003.0003

In the key moment of the dialogue, Glaucon accuses Socrates of having achieved not true persuasion but the mere appearance of persuasion, thereby questioning the value of refutation as a resource to effect genuine change. In response to this accusation, the dialogue becomes an inquiry into the possibility of philosophic persuasion. Socrates’s challenge is to find a rhetoric that allow him to speak effectively to an audience of non-philosophers who are skeptical about philosophy. This public is convinced that if individuals said what they truly believed, they would confess that they value injustice and not justice. This commonly held opinion is reinforced by the city’s inherited cultural narratives that lend support to the natural appeal of injustice.

Keywords:   genuine persuasion, non-philosophers, natural appeal of injustice, justice, injustice, cultural narrative

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