Wareh, Tarik. 2013. The Theory and Practice of Life: Isocrates and the Philosophers. Hellenic Studies Series 54. Washington, DC: Center for Hellenic Studies. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:hul.ebook:CHS_WarehT.The_Theory_and_Practice_of_Life.2012.
This book is a study of the professional, literary, political, and theoretical links between the school of Isocrates and the schools and careers of recognized philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle. It argues that the positions of the Isocrateans—their “rhetorical” mode of training, of performing, and of constructing social value, and the account they gave of it—were not just a challenging provocation to the “philosophical” project but also a creative inspiration, directly digested and reworked in such major works of practical philosophy as Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and Plato’s Phaedrus. These surprisingly close theoretical interconnections between rhetoric and philosophy, discoverable through careful readings of the texts, are further supported by a new history of the school movement of the fourth century, bringing together for the first time the range of evidence needed to tell the story of major and minor philosophical and rhetorical students’ ambitions, concerns, and audiences—their interactions (polemical and otherwise) and their “politics” (in relation both to each other and to the field of power).
The Lost Years: Literary Competition, Philosophy, and Politics in the Generation after Plato and Isocrates
Aristotle, Isocrates, and Plato
School Creatures: Literary Competition, Philosophy, and Politics
Looking Beyond: Fourth-Century Scholastic Politics as a Case Study