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The μῦθος of Pernicious Rhetoric: The Platonic Possibilities of λογός in Aristotle’s Rhetoric

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posted on 08.11.2013, 00:00 by Robin Reames
This essay argues that Plato’s use of narrative conceals within Socrates’ explicit rejection of rhetorican implicit authorial endorsement, manifested in the dialectical and rhetorical failures surrounding Socrates’ deliberations over logos. I suggest that Aristo- tle’s Rhetoric is consonant with Plato’s view in its general affirmation of rhetoric’s power,utility, and necessity as well as in its specific recommendations regarding logos. I employ Martin Heidegger’s ex- plication of logos in Aristotle to illuminate how the term conforms to Plato’s implicit position regarding logos and rhetoric. This inter- pretation entails an expanded meaning of logos as it is found in Rhetoric, assigning it a more primary, pre-logical, oral content.


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Published as Reames, R. (2012). "The (sic) of Pernicious Rhetoric: The Platonic Possibilities of mythos in Aristotle's Rhetoric." Rhetorica-A Journal of the History of Rhetoric 30(2): 134-152. doi:10.1525/RH.2012.30.2.134. © 2012 by the Regents of the University of California. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by the Regents of the University of California for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® on JSTOR (http://www.jstor.org/r/ucal) or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center,http://www.copyright.com."


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