In John Sallis (ed.), Plato's Statesman: Dialectic, Myth, and Politics. Albany, USA: SUNY Press. pp. 251-268 (2016)

Ryan Drake
Fairfield University
This study asks after the fate of sophistry in the Eleatic Stranger's investigation of the best of the six regimes governed by law, and outlines as far as possible the role of the rhetor under the supervision of the true statesman, as well as the function and effects of myth on the citizens of the best regime. In short, I argue that Socrates' competitors do, in a qualified manner, still have a place in such a polis precisely where the work of gathering intelligence finds its civic limit.
Keywords sophistry  rhetoric  plato  myth  psychagogia  Statesman  politics  Ancient philosophy  Protagoras  Socrates
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