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A Philosophical Rhetoric

Jeremy Barris

in The Crane's Walk

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780823229130
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235674 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229130.003.0005
A Philosophical Rhetoric

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The third general idea basic to Plato concerns the nature of a philosophical rhetoric. All the ways of maintaining descriptive truth through interventive truth have to do with the presentation of truth or knowledge, including its presentation to oneself. Now, the presentation of truth involves, for example, its orientation to particular audiences or compositional and stylistic choices of sequence, syntax, phrasing, and word type. Plato himself understands rhetoric as part of truth-seeking discussion in the Phaedrus. The ways of maintaining descriptive truth through interventive truth, therefore, have a connection with rhetoric, which in turn is independent with respect to the truth. However, since all these ways of maintaining interventive truth as descriptive truth also have to do with the possibility of truth itself, they are also more than rhetorical.

Keywords: Plato; philosophical rhetoric; truth; knowledge; audiences; word type

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Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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