Plato and the Sophists

  • Samuel Ijsseling


Almost everything of real value in the Western world has its origin in ancient Greece. This applies among other things to philosophy as the systematic search for ultimate truth. It also holds good for rhetoric as the consciously practiced skill of speaking and writing well and convincingly. It was also in Greece that the conflict between philosophy and rhetoric flared up for the first time and in such a way as to have determined the whole of European thought and Western culture.


Ultimate Truth Power Game Real Insight European Thought Rhetorical Tradition 
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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1976

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  • Samuel Ijsseling

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