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Plato the Rhetorician | Professor Kathy Eden, Chavkin Family Professor of English and Professor of Classics

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Feb 27
Plato the Rhetorician | Professor Kathy Eden, Chavkin Family Professor of English and Professor of Classics

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Off-campus

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Columbia College Alumni Association
In the Republic, Socrates famously exiles the poets from his ideal city—a move that has not kept readers throughout the centuries from identifying Plato as the most poetic of philosophers. In a number of dialogues, Socrates registers even greater disdain for orators and rhetoricians. And yet, Cicero, considered in many quarters the greatest public speaker of all time, reserved this accolade for Plato, calling him summus orator (On the Ideal Orator, 1.47). Concentrating on three of Plato’s dialogues that aggressively condemn rhetoric while skillfully deploying its strategies, this course will both explore how these rhetorical strategies shape the arguments presented and access the merits of Socrates’ objections to them. Registration to open mid-November
Session 3: Plato, Phaedrus, trans. Nehamas (Hackett)
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