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Bibil Identifier bibil:213546
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) The Dispute Concerning Rhetoric in Hellenistic Thought
Author Liebersohn, Yosef Z.
Series Hypomnemata (Volume: 185)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature HA 746/185
Place 875.09-5
Department Grec
Publishing house Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Place Göttingen
ISBN 978-3-525-25294-9
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages 224 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract This study tries to reconstruct the dispute concerning rhetoric in Hellenistic thought. The reconstruction is carried out on two main interrelated axes. Firstly, it delineates the exact milieu in which this dispute took place, including locations, dates and persons, as far as our sources can give us this information. Secondly, it tries to reconstruct five main arguments used against rhetoric, all of which concentrate on rhetoric’s claim to be considered an art. These are: The Exclusivity of Teaching Argument, The Falsa Argument, The Benefit Argument, The End Argument, and The Materia Argument. Concerning the milieu of the dispute two stages have been exposed , the first around the middle of the second century BCE, followed by another towards the end of that century. The dominant figures are Critolaus the Peripatetic in the first stage and Charmadas the Academic in the second, philosophers who attacked the rhetors in what one may call “the external debate”, but also their fellow-philosophers, the Stoics, in what might be called “the internal debate”. Among all the Hellenistic schools who may have dealt with rhetorical studies and exercises in one way or another, it was only the Stoics who regarded rhetoric as an art, considering it no less than an arete. The Stoics were, of course, part of the whole philosophical movement opposing the rhetors, but their support of rhetoric per se played into the hands of the rhetors. The Stoics could explain the difference between what they considered rhetoric and what the rhetors taught, yet this did not prevent the other philosophers from considering the Stoics a fifth column. The interlinked internal and external debates one may call “the double debate”, and since this occurred in the two periods around Critolaus and Charmadas, we can call the whole phenomenon “the two-staged double debate”, which is in fact the main characteristic and axis of this interesting controversy. The “two-staged double debate” helps in sorting out the untidy and confused bulk of fragmentary and tantalizing materials found in the works of Cicero, Philodemus, Quintilian and Sextus.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Dispute
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy
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