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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Serving to instruct; didactic
  • n. A didactic speech, book etc

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as protreptical.


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  • The “protreptic” mode is that which convinces hearers, singly or in groups, to care about philosophical study as a means toward personal ethical development.


  • Plato's attempt to argue for the split between the intelligible and sensible world in Books VI and VII of the Republic may well be a protreptic directed at Archytas, who refused to separate numbers from things.


  • Book One, On the Pythagorean Life, has biographical aspects but is primarily a detailed description of and a protreptic for the Pythagorean way of life.


  • This text belongs to the well-established genre in ancient philosophy of protreptic or exhortational literature.



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