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Seeming and Being in Plato's Rhetorical Theory

Robin Reames


The common view of language in the West is that it represents the world. Although it is widely recognized that this concept of language originates with Plato, until now, it has not been established how Plato invented this now ubiquitous understanding. Seeming and Being in Plato’s Rhetorical Theory illuminates how, over the course of several dialogues (Gorgias, Phaedrus, Protagoras, Theaetetus, Cratylus, Euthydemus, Republic, and Sophist), Plato creates the concept of language-as-statement in order to overpower the political influence of the sophists. This was the original determination that la ... More

Keywords: Plato, rhetoric, rhetorical theory, mimêsis, onoma, rhêma, logos, sophists, seeming, being

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226567013
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226567150.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robin Reames, author
University of Illinois at Chicago