ERIC Number: ED336770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Isocrates' Philosophy of Education.
Isocrates of ancient Greece attempted to create a wise and educated person in his school, not just an orator. His philosophy centered around the fact that teaching speech is not an exact science, but an art of opinions and beliefs that will educate the student to make sensible choices in life and speech, demonstrate a noble character, and be culturally well rounded. In order to carry out this philosophy, he had an exact method of teaching. Students studied a variety of topics to contribute to their practical wisdom--matters necessary in forming political, social, and ethical judgments. In addition, technical matters were an important aspect of his teaching, giving students resources to use when creating their own compositions. The third aspect of Isocrates' program was practical application, with students continually writing and criticizing speeches. Finally, imitation was used as a means of perfection, but only with students who had successfully completed the other areas. (Thirty-three notes are included.) (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Isocrates; Oratory; Sophists
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (Chicago, IL, April 11-14, 1991).