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Taming Democracy
by Harvey Yunis


Overview - How does one speak to a large, diverse mass of ordinary, sovereign citizens and persuade them to render wise decisions? For Thucydides, Plato, and Demosthenes, who observed classical Athenian democracy in action, this was an urgent question. Harvey Yunis looks at how these three - historian, philosopher, politician respectively - explored the instructive potential of political rhetoric as a means of "taming democracy", Plato's metaphor for controlling the fractious demos through language.  Read more...

 
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Overview
How does one speak to a large, diverse mass of ordinary, sovereign citizens and persuade them to render wise decisions? For Thucydides, Plato, and Demosthenes, who observed classical Athenian democracy in action, this was an urgent question. Harvey Yunis looks at how these three - historian, philosopher, politician respectively - explored the instructive potential of political rhetoric as a means of "taming democracy", Plato's metaphor for controlling the fractious demos through language. Harvey Yunis offers new insights into the ideas of the three thinkers: Thucydides' bipolar model of Periclean versus demagogic rhetoric; Plato's engagement with political rhetoric in the Gorgias, the Phaedrus, and the Laws; and Demosthenes' attempt both to instruct and to persuade his political audience. Yunis illuminates both the concrete historical problem of political deliberation in Athens and the intellectual and literary responses that the problem evoked. Few, if any, other books on classical Athens afford such a combination of perspectives from history, drama, philosophy, and politics.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801483585
  • ISBN-10: 0801483581
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publish Date: January 1996
  • Page Count: 336
  • Dimensions: 8.94 x 5.98 x 0.78 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.09 pounds

Series: Rhetoric & Society

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