By M. Mendelson
Many Sides is the 1st full-length learn of Protagorean antilogic, an argumentative perform with deep roots in rhetorical historical past and renewed relevance for modern tradition.
Founded at the philosophical relativism of Protagoras, antilogic is a dynamic instead of a proper method of argument, concentrated mostly at the dialogical interplay of opposing positions (anti-logoi) in controversy. In historic Athens, antilogic was once the cardinal function of Sophistic rhetoric. In Rome, Cicero redefined Sophistic argument in a concrete set of dialogical tactics. In flip, Quintilian inherited this dialogical culture and made it the centrepiece of his personal rhetorical perform and pedagogy.
Many Sides explores the background, thought, and pedagogy of this missed rhetorical culture and, through attract contemporary rhetorical and philosophical thought, reconceives the iconic positive factors of antilogical perform in a dialogical method of argumentation particularly fitted to the pluralism of our personal age and the range of contemporary school rooms.