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This section is really the heart of The Socratic Dialectic. Without the interaction of random, rhetorically-inclined "surfers," one might as well merely read the book. (Ack.) Those of us involved in this project hope to spark several on-line debates and to evenually incorporate alternative views offered by philosophers and theorists throughout the ages. We welcome your comments and want you to draw on all your own unique experiences and studies to add life to these age old conversations.

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    benda@s867.thu.edu.tw Gorgias 57 Weaving is _not necessarily_ concerned with the making of garments only. One could make other things by weaving--decorations, for example.
    bjeter@dfw.net Gorgias 59 Music, sir is concerned with the maturation of the soul.
    David Rieder, graduate student
    University of Texas at Arlington
    Polus 311 Polus, Socrates is going to take you for a ride! All he is going to do is take your idea qua GENUS and devalue it to the level of a SPECIES. By doing this, he can subsequently set up a new genus by which to redescribe any notion you might have thought true.
    Diane Davis, professor
    Old Dominion University
    Gorgias 63 Rhetoric is not simply concerned with "discourse," which is, presumably what you'd like me to answer. It is, rather, a worldview. If a philosophic perspective would seek the truth, a rhetorical perception would look at how language is working to produce what functions as truth.
    David D. Robbins, graduate student
    Valparaiso University School of Law
    Gorgias 1 I may be a shoemaker, but as all humans, I am and contain many multitudes. That which you wish to call me is of no difference for I will always be those things which I am. As you will be what you will. In this I can profess being of many arts. But this too is of no difference because to profess may be to claim skill. My skill can only be judged by others. What I may profess as my skill may just be rendered mere folly in another's mind. What do you believe my skill to be?
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