Reason's Dark Champions: Constructive Strategies of Sophistic Argument

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University of South Carolina Press, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 178 pages
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Recent decades have witnessed a major restoration of the Sophists' reputation, revising the Platonic and Aristotelian "orthodoxies" that have dominated the tradition. Still lacking is a full appraisal of the Sophists' strategies of argumentation. Christopher W. Tindale corrects that omission in Reason's Dark Champions. Viewing the Sophists as a group linked by shared strategies rather than by common epistemological beliefs, Tindale illustrates that the Sophists engaged in a range of argumentative practices in manners wholly different from the principal ways in which Plato and Aristotle employed reason. By examining extant fifth-century texts and the ways in which Sophistic reasoning is mirrored by historians, playwrights, and philosophers of the classical world, Tindale builds a robust understanding of Sophistic argument with relevance to contemporary studies of rhetoric and communication.

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Christopher W. Tindale is a fellow of the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation, and Rhetoric and a professor of philosophy at the University of Windsor. He is the author of numerous essays and several books on the nature and practice of argument, including Rhetorical Argumentation and Fallacies and Argument Appraisal.

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