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The Rhetorical Plato:
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Baracchi, Claudia. "Beyond the Comedy and Tragedy of Authority: The Invisible Father in Plato's Republic." Philosophy & Rhetoric 34 (2001): 151-176.

Benardete, Seth.

The Rhetoric of Morality and Philosophy. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1991.

Bertrand, Jean-Marie. "Langage juridique et discours politique dans les cites grecques de l'Antiquite: Reflexions sur les Lois de Platon." Langage et Societe 77 (1996): 55-81.
Blyth, Dougal. "Socrates' Trial and Conviction of the Jurors in Plato's Apology." Philosophy & Rhetoric 33 (2000): 1-22.
Clegg, J. S. "Plato's Vision of Chaos." Classical Quarterly 26 (1976): 52-61.
Duffy, Bernard K. "The Platonic Functions of Epideictic Rhetoric." Philosophy & Rhetoric 16 (1983): 79-93.
Dusanic, Slobodan. "Isocrates, the Chian Intellectuals, and the Political Context of the Euthydemus." Journal of Hellenic Studies 119 (1999): 1-16.

Engel, S. Morris.

"Fallacy, Wit, and Madness." Philosophy & Rhetoric 19 (1986): 224241.

Erickson, K. V., ed. Plato: True and Sophistic Rhetoric. Amsterdam: Ed. Rodopi, 1979.

Farness, Jay.

"Missing Socrates: Socratic Rhetoric in a Platonic Text." Philosophy & Rhetoric 20 (1987): 4159.

Feaver, D. D. "The Apology as an Inverted Parody of Rhetoric." Arethusa 14 (1981): 205-216.

Frentz, Thomas.

"Reconstructing a Rhetoric of the Interior." Communication Monographs 50 (1993): 8393.

Henderson, M. M. "Plato's Menexenus and the Distortion of History." Acta classica 18 (1975): 25-46.
Irwin, T. H. "Coercion and Objectivity in Plato's Dialectic." Revue internationale de philosophie 40 (1986): 49-74.
Kastely, James L. Plato's Protagoras: Revisionary History as Sophisticated Comedy." Rhetoric Review 15 (1996): 26-43.

Kauffman, Charles.

"The Axiological Foundations of Plato's Theory of Rhetoric." Communication Studies 33 (1982):

Kutash, Emilie. "Anaxagoras and the Rhetoric of Plato's Middle Dialogue Theory of Forms." Philosophy and Rhetoric 26 (1993): 134-152.
Lewis, V. Bradley. "The Rhetoric of Philosophical Politics in Plato's Seventh Letter." Philosophy & Rhetoric 33 (2000): 23-38.

Moline, Jon.

"Plato on Persuasion and Credibility." Philosophy & Rhetoric 21 (1988): 260278.

Monoson, S. Sara. "Remembering Pericles: The Political and Theoretical Import of Plato's Menexenus." Political Theory 26 (1998): 489-513.
Mourelatos, A. P. D. "Nothing as Not-Being: Some Literary Contexts that Bear on Plato." Arktouros: Hellenic studies Presented to Bernard M. W. Knox on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday. Ed. G. W. Bowersock and W. Burkert. Berlin: de Gruyter, 1979. 319-329.
Muckelbauer, John. "Sophistic Travel: Inheriting the Simulacrum Through Plato's The Sophist." Philosophy & Rhetoric 34 (2001): 225-244.

Murray, James S.

"Interpreting Plato on Sophistic Claims and the Provenance of the 'Socratic Method.'" Phoenix 48 (1994): 115-

Nehamas, Alexander "Eristic, Antilogic, Sophistic, Dialectic: Plato's Demarcation of Philosophy from Sophistry." History of Philosophy Quarterly 7 (1990): 3-16.
Noel, Marie-Pierre. "Sophistic Kairos and the Shaping of Logos in Gorgias." Revue de philologie, de litterature et d'histoire anciennes 72 (1998): 233-247.

 Nussbaum, Martha.

 The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1986.

Quandahl, Ellen. "What is Plato? Influence and Allusion in Plato's Sophist." Rhetoric Review 7 (1989): 338-348.
Quimby, R. W. "The Growth of Plato's Perception of Rhetoric." Philosophy & Rhetoric 7 (1974): 71-79.
Petruzzi, Anthony P. "Rereading Plato's 'Rhetoric'." Rhetoric Review 15 (1996): 5-25.

Roochnik, David.

"In Defense of Plato: A Short Polemic." Philosophy & Rhetoric 24 (1991): 153158.

Rosenstock, Bruce. "Socrates as Revenant: A Reading of the Menexenus." Phoenix 48 (1994): 331-347.

Stewart, Robert Scott.

"The Epistemological Function of Platonic Myth." Philosophy & Rhetoric 22 (1989): 260280.

Teloh, H. "The Isolation and Connection of the Forms in Plato's Middle Dialogues." Apeiron 10 (1976): 20-23.
Timmerman, David M. "Ancient Greek Origins of Argumentation Theory: Plato's Transformation of Dialegesthai to Dialectic." Argumentation and Advocacy 29 (1993): 116-123.

Wardy, Robert.

The Birth of Rhetoric: Gorgias, Plato and Their Successors. London: Routledge, 1996.

Wiegmann, Hermann.

 "Plato's Critique of the Poets and the Misunderstanding of his Epistemological Argumentation." Philosophy & Rhetoric 23 (1990): 109124.

Rhetorical aspects of the Gorgias

Archie, J. P. "Callicles' Redoubtable Critique of the Polus Argument in Plato's Gorgias." Hermes 112 (1984): 167-176.
Calvert, B. "The Politicians of Athens in the Gorgias and Meno." History of Political Thought 5 (1984): 1-15.
Corcoran, Marlena G. "The Last Judgment of Plato's Gorgias: Mythos to You, Logos to Me." Symposium "Rhetoric and Skepticism". Iowa Law Review 74 (1989): 755-835.
Fussi, Alessandra. "Why Is the Gorgias so Bitter?" Philosophy & Rhetoric 33 (2000): 39-58.
Johnston, Curtis M. "Socrates' Encounter with Polus in Plato's Gorgias." Phoenix 43 (1989): 196-216.
Kahn, Charles H. "Drama and Dialectic in Plato's Gorgias." Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 1 (1983): 75-121.
---. "On the Relative Date of the Gorgias and the Protagoras." Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 6 (1988): 69-102.

Kastely, James L.

"In Defense of Plato's Gorgias." PMLA 106 (1991): 96109.

Kauffman, Charles.

"Enactment as Argument in the Gorgias." Philosophy & Rhetoric 12 (1979): 114129.

Kerferd, G. B.

"Plato's Treatment of Callicles in the Gorgias." Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 20 (1974): 4852.

Klemm, David E. "Gorgias, Law and Rhetoric." Symposium "Rhetoric and Skepticism". Iowa Law Review 74 (1989): 819-826.
Klosko, G. "The Refutation of Callicles in Plato's Gorgias." Greece & Rome 31 (1984): 126-139.
Lewis, Thomas J. "Refutative Rhetoric as True Rhetoric in the Gorgias." Interpretation 14 (1986): 195-210.
McComiskey, Bruce. "Disassembling Plato's Critique of Rhetoric in the Gorgias (447a-466a)." Rhetoric Review 11 (1992): 79-90.
Murray, James S. "Plato on Power, Moral Responsibility and the Alleged Neutrality of Gorgias' Art of Rhetoric (Gorgias 456c-457b)." Philosophy and Rhetoric 34 (2001): 355-363.
Nonet, Philippe. "In Praise of Callicles." Symposium "Rhetoric and Skepticism". Iowa Law Review 74 (1989): 807-813.
Plochmann, George K., and Franklin E. Robinson. A Friendly Companion to Plato's Gorgias. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1988.
Ramsey, Ramsey Eric. "A Hybrid 'Techne' of the Soul? Thoughts on the Relation between Philosophy and Rhetoric in Plato's Gorgias and Phaedrus." Rhetoric Review 17 (1999): 247-262.
Rendall, S. "Dialogue, Philosophy, and Rhetoric: The Example of Plato's Gorgias." Philosophy & Rhetoric 10 (1977): 165-179.

Rocco, Christopher.

"Liberating Discourse: The Politics of Truth in Plato's Gorgias". Tragedy and Enlightenment: Athenian Political Thought and the Dilemmas of Modernity. Berkeley: U of California P, 1997.

Ryan, E. E. "Plato's Gorgias and Phaedrus and Aristotle's Theory of Rhetoric: A Speculative Account." Athenaeum 57 (1979): 452-461.
Saxonhouse, Arlene W. "An Unspoken Theme in Plato's Gorgias, War." Interpretation 11 (1983): 139-169.
Spatharas, Dimos G. "Patterns of Argumentation in Gorgias." Mnemosyne 4 (2001): 393-408."

Spitzer, Adele

 "The Self Reference of the Gorgias." Philosophy & Rhetoric 8 (1975): 122.

Vlastos, Gregory. "Elenchus and Mathematics: A Turning-Point in Plato's Philosophical Development." American Journal of Philology 109 (1988): 362-396.
Weinrib, Ernest J. "Law as Myth: Reflections on Plato's Gorgias." Symposium "Rhetoric and Skepticism". Iowa Law Review 74 (1989): 787-806.
Zoeller, Guenter. "Is the Life in the Law worth Living?: Some Critical Remarks on Plato's Gorgias." Symposium "Rhetoric and Skepticism". Iowa Law Review 74 (1989): 815-817.

Rhetorical aspects of the Phaedrus

Asmis, Elizabeth. "Psychagogia in Plato's Phaedrus." Illinois Classical Studies 11 (1986): 153-172.
Brown, Malcolm, and James Coulter. "The Middle Speech of Plato's Phaedrus."Journal of the History of Philosophy 9 (1971): 405-423.
du Bois, P. "Phallocentrism and Its Subversion in Plato's Phaedrus." Arethusa 18 (1985): 91-103.
Burger, R. Plato's Phaedrus: A Defense of a Philosophical Art of Writing. Birmingham: U of Alabama P, 1981.
Cook, A. "Dialectic, Irony, and Myth in Plato's Phaedrus." American Journal of Philology 106 (1985): 427-441.

Curran, Jane V.

"The Rhetorical Technique of Plato's Phaedrus." Philosophy & Rhetoric 19 (1986): 6672.

Ferrari, Giovanni R. F. Listening to the Cicadas: A Study of Plato's Phaedrus. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1987.
Goggin, Maureen Daly, and Elenore Long. "A Tincture of Philosophy, a Tincture of Hope: The Portrayal of Isocrates in Plato's Phaedrus." Rhetoric Review 11 (1993): 311-324.
Griswold, Charles L. Self-Knowledge in Plato's Phaedrus. New Haven: Yale UP, 1986.
Kastely, James L. "Respecting the Rupture: Not Solving the Problem of Unity in Plato's Phaedrus." Philosophy & Rhetoric 35 (2002): 138-152.
MacKenzie, M. M. "Paradox in Plato's Phaedrus." Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 28 (1982): 64-76.
McCumber, J. "Discourse and Psyche in Plato's Phaedrus." Apeiron 16 (1982): 27-37.
Murray, James S. "Disputation, Deception, and Dialectic: Plato on the True Rhetoric (Phaedrus 261266)." Philosophy & Rhetoric 21 (1988): 279289.
Panagiotou, S. "Lysias and the Date of Plato's Phaedrus." Mnemosyne 28 (1975): 388-398.
Ramsey, Ramsey Eric. "A Hybrid 'Techne' of the Soul? Thoughts on the Relation between Philosophy and Rhetoric in Plato's Gorgias and Phaedrus." Rhetoric Review 17 (1999): 247-262.
Rosen, S. "The Non-Lover in Plato's Phaedrus." Plato: True and Sophistic Rhetoric. Amsterdam: Ed. Rodopi, 1979. 223-237.
Rowe, C. J. "The Argument and Structure of Plato's Phaedrus." Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 32 (1986): 106-125.
Santas, G. "Passionate Platonic Love in the Phaedrus." Ancient Philosophy 2 (1982): 105-114.
Tejera, V. "Irony and Allegory in the Phaedrus." Philosophy & Rhetoric 8 (1975): 71-87.

de Vries, J. G.

"A General Theory of Literary Composition in the Phaedrus." Kephalaion: Studies in Greek Philosophy and Its Continuation Offered to C. J. de Vogel. Assen: Van Gorcum, 1975. 50-52.