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The Rhetoric of Plato'S Republic: Democracy and the Philosophical Problem of Persuasion

James L. Kastely


This book argues for a major reconsideration of Plato as a rhetorical theorist and for a radical reframing of the relationship of rhetoric and philosophy. In the Republic, the failures of normal democratic discourse and of Socratic elenchic discourse (a discourse based on refutation) to defend justice, a foundational value for a democracy, produce a crisis that is both rhetorical and philosophical. The dialogue represents the crisis over the absence of a persuasive defense of justice as a situation beyond the scope of normal rhetorical practice and one that requires philosophy as a response to ... More

Keywords: rhetoric, philosophy, justice, mimesis, epic poem, democracy, constitution, persuasion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226278629
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226278766.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James L. Kastely, author
University of Houston