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Rereading the Sophists by Susan C. JARRATT
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Oct 07, 2010

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bookshelves: rhetoric, 2010, philosophy
Read from October 05 to 06, 2010

** spoiler alert ** While the progression of Jarratt's thoughts is logical, the discussion leaves a lot to be desired. Overall, the discussion is limited, and the ways she brings in the feminist argument are a little weak.

As far as the secondary sources in the text, despite her extensive list of Works Cited, they're a bit limited. Not only does she only address a limited number of pre-socratic sophistic texts, her selections in some ways undermine her argument. If she's trying to bring the fifth century sophists to the level of Plato and Aristotle, using something Plato wrote as a support for that argument isn't the best choice. She also only glosses over or gives slight mention to texts that would be much better supporters of her argument (e.g. Isocrates' Antidosis).

The argument she makes for how a reinterpretation of classical rhetoric will give new insights to current rhetoric and composition are reasonable. However, choosing to focus on the current theories in terms of a feminist perspective feels less like she's making an argument and more like she is a feminist who felt the need to bring something about gender into her work.

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Reading Progress

10/05/2010 page 4
2.0% "and really should've read more by now since I have to post comments for class."
10/06/2010 page 84
46.0% "and I think she could've discussed a lot more in terms of the presocratic sophists."

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