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