Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Civic Education in Aristotle and Isocrates

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Book Chapter

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Ancient Philosophy | Arts and Humanities | Classics | Philosophy


Book Description:
In this volume, ten leading scholars of Classics, rhetoric, and philosophy offer a pathfinding interdisciplinary study of Isocrates as a civic educator. Their essays are grouped into sections that investigate Isocrates' program in civic education in general and in comparison to the Sophists, Plato, Aristotle, and contemporary views about civic education. The contributors show that Isocrates' rhetorical innovations carved out a deliberative process that attached moral choices to political questions and addressed ethical concerns as they could be realized concretely. His notions of civic education thus created perspectives that, unlike the elitism of Aristotle, could be used to strengthen democracy.