For the Sake of Argument: Classical Rhetoric, Ethics, and Politics

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 2:00am to Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 5:00am
Helen S. Schaefer Building Dorothy Rubel Room 1508 E. Helen Street Tucson, Arizona 85721

This is a multi-session seminar and must be taken as a series.

Thursdays 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013

What's the value of a good argument? That question is not merely rhetorical. For the sake of argument, we will reassess the classical opposition of rhetoric and philosophy that was first established by Plato. Ironically, it was not Socrates' student but a student of the Sophists who founded the humanities upon a skepticism about received truths. In our first class, we will explore the sophistic art of deliberating on the uncertainties of civic life, and in our second we will read Plato's highly rhetorical attacks on rhetoric. Then we will conclude by reviewing the Ciceronian and Christian legacies of classical rhetoric. Throughout the course, we will explore the values of argument and the arts for putting themm into action.

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