Terrence Cave (University of Oxford)
Sophie Read (University of Cambridge)
Today, rhetoric is a dirty word, implying sophistry and seduction by sweetsounding words, rather than by reasoned argument. But though Plato disparaged the sophistic use of rhetoric, he insisted that the art could be practiced philosophically, as a ‘word, written with intelligence in the soul of the learner’ (Phaedrus 276a). This session asks: what would it take to write—and read —the ‘soul’?
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