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  1. Democracy: Plausible Paradox? Modern Readings in Theory 1

  2. Agenda • Peithō on Trial • Does Persuasion in the Oresteia get a Pass? • discussion cont’d… • Three “Lenses” • Dahl, Ober, Scholtz • “Lenses” on Persuasion • A Critical Approach. . . Modern Readings 1

  3. Peithō on Trial Does Persuasion in the Oresteia get a Pass?

  4. Three “Lenses” Dahl, Ober, Scholtz

  5. Dahl’s “Processual” Model • Strong equality • Democratic process • Agenda setting. • Decisive stage. Modern Readings 1

  6. “Criteria for a democratic process” • Effective participation • Voting equality at the decisive stage • Enlightened understanding • Control of agenda Problems?. . . Modern Readings 1

  7. Ober’s “Dialectical” Model. . . Operative antitheses Ideological negotiations Rhetorical mediation Topoi Elitism Ideology Popular hegemony • Mass/elite • Equality/inequality • Freedom/consensus • Popular sovereignty/rule of law Modern Readings 1

  8. Scholtz’s “Dialogical” Model Speech acts Dialogical democracy Response to response Social… evaluation performance Discursive… normativity pluralism Erotic… self-assertion communalism • Constatives v. performatives • Social constraints CLYTEMNESTRA “O give way (pithou, “obey”)! The power is yours if you surrender, / all of your own free will, to me” Modern Readings 1

  9. “Lenses” on Persuasion A Critical Approach. . .

  10. “Lenses” on Persuasion • Plato’s Phaedrus? • [comment] • Agamemnon? • [comment] • Libation Bearers? • [comment] • Eumenides? • [comment] Modern Readings 1