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The Art of Rhetoric (Penguin Classics)

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Synopsis:

This text examines Aristotle's "Rhetoric" as a classic treatise on the arts of public speaking and persuasion which played a role in the civic life of Greece. These arts, which evolved a highly formalized tradition of technique, were connected with the study of political and moral theory.

About the Author

Aristotle was born at Stageira, in the dominion of the kings of Macedonia, in 384 BC. For twenty years he studied at Athens in the Academy of Plato, on whose death in 347 he left, and, some time later, became tutor of the young Alexander the Great. When Alexander succeeded to the throne of Macedonia in 335, Aristotle returned to Athens and established his school and research institute, the Lyceum, to which his great erudition attracted a large number of scholars. After Alexander's death in 323, anti-Macedonian feeling drove Aristotle out of Athens, and he fled to Chalcis in Euboea, where he died in 322. His writings, which were of extraordinary range, profoundly affected the whole course of ancient and medieval philosophy, and they are still eagerly studied and debated by philosophers today. Very many of them have survived and among the most famous are the Ethics and the Politics.

Table of Contents

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 RHETORIC Section One: Introductory

Chapter 1.1. The Nature of Rhetoric

PART ONE: DEMONSTRATION Section 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 CHARACTER Section 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 ASPECTS Section 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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140445107
Translator:
Lawson-Tancred, Hugh
Author:
Lawson-Tancred, Hugh
Author:
Aristotle
Author:
Helmbold, W. C.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London, England ;
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Ancient
Subject:
Philosophy, ancient
Subject:
Rhetoric, ancient
Subject:
History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Theater - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Books for Philosophy Penguin Books for English: Literature & Creative Writing Penguin Books
Series Volume:
187
Publication Date:
19920331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.9 x 5.4 x 1.2 in 476 gr
Age Level:
from 18

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