Many Sides: A Protagorean Approach to the Theory, Practice and Pedagogy of Argument

  • MichaelĀ Mendelson

Part of the Argumentation Library book series (ARGA, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Greek Origins and Organizing Principles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages xxvii-xxvii
    2. Michael Mendelson
      Pages 43-71
    3. Michael Mendelson
      Pages 101-131
  3. Roman Developments in Practice and Pedagogy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Michael Mendelson
      Pages 135-172
    3. Michael Mendelson
      Pages 173-212
  4. An Appropriate Pedagogy for Antilogical Argument

    1. Michael Mendelson
      Pages 213-256
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 257-300

About this book


Many Sides is the first full-length study of Protagorean antilogic, an argumentative practice with deep roots in rhetorical history and renewed relevance for contemporary culture.

Founded on the philosophical relativism of Protagoras, antilogic is a dynamic rather than a formal approach to argument, focused principally on the dialogical interaction of opposing positions (anti-logoi) in controversy. In ancient Athens, antilogic was the cardinal feature of Sophistic rhetoric. In Rome, Cicero redefined Sophistic argument in a concrete set of dialogical procedures. In turn, Quintilian inherited this dialogical tradition and made it the centrepiece of his own rhetorical practice and pedagogy.

Many Sides explores the history, theory, and pedagogy of this neglected rhetorical tradition and, by appeal to recent rhetorical and philosophical theory, reconceives the enduring features of antilogical practice in a dialogical approach to argumentation especially suited to the pluralism of our own age and the diversity of modern classrooms.


Cicero argumentation culture ethics history history of literature interaction nature organ pragmatism relativism rhetoric tradition

Authors and affiliations

  • MichaelĀ Mendelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Iowa State UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5935-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9890-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-7650
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