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The Art of Rhetoric

Aristotle

The Art of Rhetoric

Aristotle

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With the emergence of democracy in the city-state of Athens in the years around 460 BC, public speaking became an essential skill for politicians in the Assemblies and Councils and even for ordinary citizens in the courts of law. In response, the technique of rhetoric rapidly developed, bringing virtuoso performances and a host of practical manuals for the layman. While many of these were little more than collections of debaters' tricks, the Art of Rhetoric held a far deeper purpose. Here Aristotle (384 322 BC) establishes the methods of informal reasoning, provides the first aesthetic evaluation of prose style and offers detailed observations on character and the emotions. Hugely influential upon later Western culture, the Art of Rhetoric is a fascinating consideration of the force of persuasion and sophistry, and a compelling guide to the principles behind oratorical skill.

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With the emergence of democracy in the city-state of Athens in the years around 460 BC, public speaking became an essential skill for politicians in the Assemblies and Councils and even for ordinary citizens in the courts of law. In response, the technique of rhetoric rapidly developed, bringing virtuoso performances and a host of practical manuals for the layman. While many of these were little more than collections of debaters' tricks, the Art of Rhetoric held a far deeper purpose. Here Aristotle (384 322 BC) establishes the methods of informal reasoning, provides the first aesthetic evaluation of prose style and offers detailed observations on character and the emotions. Hugely influential upon later Western culture, the Art of Rhetoric is a fascinating consideration of the force of persuasion and sophistry, and a compelling guide to the principles behind oratorical skill.
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Aristotle

Aristotle, 384 B.C. - 322 B. C. Aristotle was born at Stagira, in Macedonia, in 384 B.C. At the age of 17, he went to Athens to study at Plato's Academy, where he remained for about 20 years, as a student and then as a teacher. When Plato died in 347 B.C., Aristotle moved to Assos, a city in Asia Minor, where a friend of his, Hermias, was ruler. After Hermias was captured and executed by the Persians in 345 B.C., Aristotle went to Pella, the Macedonian capital, where he became the tutor of the king's young son Alexander, later known as Alexander the Great. In 335, when Alexander became king, Aristotle returned to Athens and established his own school, the Lyceum Aristotle's works were lost in the West after the decline of Rome, but during the 9th Century A.D., Arab scholars introduced Aristotle, in Arabic translation, to the Islamic world. In the 13th Century, the Latin West renewed its interest in Aristotle's work, and Saint Thomas Aquinas found in it a philosophical foundation for Christian thought. The influence of Aristotle's philosophy has been pervasive; it has even helped to shape modern language and common sense. Aristotle died in 322 B.C.

Table Of Contents

  • :the Art Of Rhetoric - Aristotle translated With An Introduction And Notes By Hugh Lawson-tancred

    preface
    introduction:
    1. The Importance Of Ancient Rhetoric
    2. The Historical Background To The rhetoric
    3. Rhetoric As Techne
    4. Psychology In The rhetoric
    5. Style And Composition
    6. The Rhetorical Legacy Of Aristotle
    7. The Translation

    the Art Of Rhetoricsection One: Introductory
    chapter 1.1. The Nature Of Rhetoric
    part One: Demonstrationsection Two: The Genres Of Oratory
    chapter 1.2. The Definition Of Rhetoric
    chapter 1.3. The Genres
    section Three: Deliberation
    chapter 1.4. The Province Of Deliberation
    chapter 1.5. Happiness
    chapter 1.6. The Good And The Expedient
    chapter 1.7. Relative Expediency
    chapter 1.8. Constitutions
    section Four: Display
    chapter 1.9. Display Oratory
    section Five: Litigation
    chapter 1.10. Injustice
    chapter 1.11. Pleasure
    chapter 1.12. The Criminal Mind
    chapter 1.13. Crime And Punishment
    chapter 1.14. Relatively Serious Crimes
    chapter 1.15. Non-technical Proofs
    part Two: Emotion And Charactersection Six: Emotion
    chapter 2.1. The Role Of Emotion And Character
    chapter 2.2. Anger
    chapter 2.3. Calm
    chapter 2.4. Friendship And Enmity
    chapter 2.5. Fear And Confidence
    chapter 2.6. Shame
    chapter 2.7. Favour
    chapter 2.8. Pity
    chapter 2.9. Indignation
    chapter 2.10. Envy
    chapter 2.11. Jealousy
    section Seven: Character
    chapter 2.12. Youth
    chapter 2.13. Old Age
    chapter 2.14. Prime
    chapter 2.15. Birth
    chapter 2.16. Wealth
    chapter 2.17. Power
    part Three: Universal Aspectssection Eight: Common Topics
    chapter 2.18. The Role Of Common Topics
    chapter 2.19. The Topics Of Possibility
    chapter 2.20. Example
    chapter 2.21. Maxim
    chapter 2.22. Enthymeme
    chapter 2.23. Demonstrative Common Topics
    chapter 2.24. Illusory Topics
    chapter 2.25. Refutation
    chapter 2.26. Amplification
    section Nine: Style
    chapter 3.1. Historical Preliminary
    chapter 3.2. Clarity
    chapter 3.3. Frigidity
    chapter 3.4. Simile
    chapter 3.5. Purity
    chapter 3.6. Amplitude
    chapter 3.7. Propriety
    chapter 3.8. Rhythm
    chapter 3.9. Syntax
    chapter 3.10. Wit And Metaphor
    chapter 3.11. Vividness
    chapter 3.12. Suitability To Genre
    section Ten: Composition
    chapter 3.13. Narration And Proof
    chapter 3.14. The Introduction
    chapter 3.15. Prejudice
    chapter 3.16. Narration
    chapter 3.17. Proof And Refutation
    chapter 3.18. Altercation
    chapter 3.19. The Epilogue
    notes
    bibliography

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 107974
  • Product Code 0140445102
  • EAN 9780140445107
  • Pages 304
  • Department Academic
  • Category Leadership
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Penguin Books
  • Publication Date Mar 1992
  • Sales Rank #21741
  • Dimensions 198 x 129 x 18 mm
  • Weight 0.226kg

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