The lecture, focusing on the classical opposition of sophists (mainly GORGIAS) and PLATO, presents the various theories of persuasion (peitho). While a superficial reading may lead one to conclude that philosophers reject irrational argumentative techniques appealing to emotions, quite the opposite is true. PLATO was eventually forced to realize that the polis’ citizens can only be made virtuous through emotional manipulation. The limitations of rational discourse become apparent in the sphere of politics.
Kosztasz ROSTA is a PhD candidate of the ELTE Doctoral School of Philosophy ‘s antique philosophy program. The focus of his dissertation is the concept of taming in Plato’s philosophy. He is also the editor-in-chief of the doctoral school’s periodical (Elpis).
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