Listening to the Logos: Speech and the Coming of Wisdom in Ancient Greece (Studies in Rhetoric/Communication)
By: Christopher Lyle Johnstone (author)Hardback
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This book offers an exploration of the role of language arts in forming and expressing wisdom from Homer to Aristotle. In "Listening to the Logos", Christopher Lyle Johnstone provides an unprecedented comprehensive account of the relationship between speech and wisdom across almost four centuries of evolving ancient Greek thought and teachings. Johnstone grounds his study in the cultural, conceptual, and linguistic milieu of archaic and classical Greece, which nurtured new ways of thinking about and investigating the world. He focuses on accounts of logos and wisdom in the surviving writings and teachings of Homer and Hesiod, the Presocratics, the Sophists and Socrates, Isocrates and Plato, and Aristotle. Specifically Johnstone highlights the importance of language arts in both speculative inquiry and practical judgment, a nexus that presages connections between philosophy and rhetoric that persist still. His study investigates concepts and concerns key to the speaker's art from the outset: wisdom, truth, knowledge, belief, prudence, justice, and reason.
Johnstone's interdisciplinary account ably demonstrates that in the ancient world it was both the content and form of speech that most directly inspired, awakened, and deepened the insights comprehended under the notion of wisdom.
Christopher Lyle Johnstone is an associate professor of rhetoric and basic course director in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University. He is the editor of Theory, Text, Context: Issues in Greek Rhetoric and Oratory.
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