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The Rhetorical Plato:
Selected Sources

This bibliography has been mirrored and is being updated on three pages at the Rhetorical Goddess wiki: The Rhetorical Plato (General Sources), Plato’s Gorgias and Plato’s Phaedrus. Please visit there for current information.

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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): 224–241.

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): 41–59.

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): 83–93.

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): 260–278.

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): 153–158.

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): 260–280.

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): 109–124.

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): 96–109.

Kauffman, Charles.

"Enactment as Argument in the Gorgias." Philosophy & Rhetoric 12 (1979): 114–129.

Kerferd, G. B.

"Plato's Treatment of Callicles in the Gorgias." Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 20 (1974): 48–52.

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): 1–22.

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): 66–72.

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 261–266)." Philosophy & Rhetoric 21 (1988): 279–289.

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.