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Rhetoric: An Historical Introduction

Rhetoric: An Historical Introduction

Wendy Olmsted

ISBN: 978-1-405-11772-2

Jul 2006, Wiley-Blackwell

180 pages

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$122.00

Description

This introduction to the art of rhetoric analyzes rhetorical concepts, problems, and methods and teaches practical inquiry through a series of classic rhetorical texts.

  • An introduction to the art of rhetoric for those who are unacquainted with it and an argument about invention and tradition suitable for specialists
  • Texts range from Cicero's De oratore and Augustine’s On Christian Doctrine to Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Stephen Greenblatt’s Marvellous Possessions
  • Texts serve simultaneously as works of persuasion and considerations of how rhetoric works
  • Engages readers in using rhetoric to deliberate about challenging issues.
Acknowledgments.

List of Abbreviations.

Introducting Rhetoric.

Part I: Classical Rhetorical Traditions.

Introduction.

1 The Rhetorician: Demagogue or Statesman? Plato's Gorgias and Aristotle's Rhetoric.

2 Eloquence, Persuasion, and Invention: Cicero's De oratore.

3 Rhetoric and the Search for God: Augustine's On Christian Doctrine and Confessions.

4 Practical Reason or Interested Calculation? Cicero's On Duties and Machiavelli's The Prince.

Part II: Classical Rhetoric and Literary Interpretation.

Introduction.

5 Tradition and Invention: Bacon's Aphorisms and the Essays.

6 Deception, Strong Speech, and Mild Discourse in Milton's Early Prose and Paradise Lost.

7 Prudence and Eloquence in Jane Austen's Persuasion.

Part III: Rhetoric and Contemporary Disciplines.

Introduction.

8 Literary Criticism and Rhetorical Invention: Wayne C. Booth's The Rhetoric of Fiction and Stephen Greenblatt's Marvelous Possessions.

9 Faction Politics and Rhetorical Invention: Eugene Garver's For the Sake of Argument and Danielle S. Allen's Talking to Strangers.

10 Legal Reasoning, Historical Contingency, and Change: Edward H. Levi's An Introduction to Legal Reasoning.

Index.

“This is not only a useful introduction to the history of rhetoric, it is also an important contribution to contemporary legal and political theory.” (Philosophy In Review)

  • Introduces the art of rhetoric for those who are unacquainted with it, whilst also offering an argument about invention and tradition suitable for specialists
  • Uses a series of classic rhetorical texts to demonstrate how rhetorical concepts and arguments facilitate practical enquiry
  • Texts range from Cicero's De oratore and Augustine’s On Christian Doctrine to Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Stephen Greenblatt’s Marvellous Possessions
  • Texts serve simultaneously as works of persuasion and considerations of how rhetoric works
  • Engages readers in using rhetoric to deliberate about challenging issues.