Historical Rhetorics/A Little Aristotle and the Other Socrates/Isocrates' ''Antidosis''

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Note how Isocrates opens his Antidosis distinguishing himself from the Socrates of Plato's Apology and Gorgias (p. 189). Isocrates falls back on no existence independent of the people, culture, and history around him (unlike Socrates' transcendental court).

On the value of poetic style: 213. On the value of Hellenistic learning (vs. instrumental learning) 229.

Isocrates' depiction of Socrates' critical insistence: 221. For Isocrates' differentiating himself from Plato etc, 232-233.

For what it means to be wise, to have judgment, to act ethically in accordance with Isocrates' teaching, 259-263. Rhetoric as a form of ethical choice-training, 335 (compare to Vitanza, NSHoR 153).

Study of rhetoric brings peace and tranquility, 271.

On the mind/body split underlying the righteousness of discourse, 289.

Returning to the question of who can learn from Against the Sophists, 291. On his opposition to disputation as a career (but not as an exercise), 331-333. See 333-335 for his scathing critique of metaphysics.

Another return to the critique of the sophist in Against the Sophists (esp, the extent of their claims to teach all comers, 337).

Persuasion a God, 323, a savior 327. Advantage and the "end" of rhetoric, 337-343)