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The Power Of Logos In Gorgias' Encomium Of Helen

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This chapter aims to present the view of Gorgias on the power of logos in his Encomium of Helen. Two features of logos that characterize it as a "ruler": truth and the power of speech, are discussed in this chapter. Through analysis of the concepts he chooses in describing the ways in which various logoi work, helps to comprehend his conception of how logos exerts its power on the human soul. Although it could hardly be said that Gorgias pursues the truth for its own sake, his probability argument shows that he uses it to persuade people with the claim of truth and this claim need not be denied in all circumstances. It focuses especially on his assertion that he shows the truth by his argument, and on the relationship between truth and persuasion.

Keywords: Encomium of Helen; Gorgias; logismos; logos

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