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- 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.