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Department
Political Science
Course
Political Science 2237E
Professor
Mike Laurence
Semester
Fall

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The Melian Dialogue October 3, 2013 KEY QUESTION: WHO WOULD THINK LIKE THIS?  Apply this to every theory or  principle taught. Elements of the Dialogue • Relevant to contemporary politics, this speech conveys the dynamics and power  present in speech.  Speech situations always suggest an inequality – it is very  difficult to find a speech environment where everyone present is equal.  For the  most part, there are always some present that are conformed to listen, to assemble  in a certain place, and certain forms of speech are considered unacceptable. • Requirements of speech in this dialogue only allow discussion of facts. • For Athenian power, there is only friend and enemy – no grey areas in between. Are the Melians goods or heroes for refusing the offer to become an Athenian colony? • How informed are voters really? • Heroes: Taking the gamble that they might win in the end; undeniably brave. *One of Thucydides’ most notable and tragic works. Who is more responsible for the state of Melos? • Athenians: As they expand their empire, they WILL encounter people that oppose  their movement.  It would be difficult for any island state to put up a respectable  fight. • Melians: Why wouldn’t they have prepared? Which side do you find more persuasive: the Melian side or the Athenian side? • If there are different types of knowledge, there must be dominant knowledge and  marginalized knowledge.
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