Rhetoric History - This is vital because a good orator possesses great power “to rescue the suppliant to raise up the afflicted to bestow

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A Little History About “Rhetoric” Plato (427 – 347 BCE), Republic and Gorgias “The rhetorician need not know the truth about things; he has only to discover some way of persuading the ignorant that he has more knowledge than those who know.” (From Gorgias) Aristotle (384 – 322 BCE), Rhetoric Rhetoric is “an ability, in each case, to see the available means of persuasion.” When rightly practiced, rhetoric serves an honest and useful purpose. Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 – 43 BCE), De Oratore Rhetoric is useful but only if the rhetorician is highly knowledgeable.
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Unformatted text preview: This is vital because a good orator possesses great power “to rescue the suppliant, to raise up the afflicted, to bestow salvation, to dispel danger, to preserve citizens’ rights; what in the world could be more noble, more generous, more princely.” Quintilian (35 – 100 CE), Institutio Oratoria The rhetorician must not only be knowledgeable, but also a good person. (A good person will not do bad things.) Aurelius Augustinus (354 – 430 CE), De Doctrina Christiana We must use rhetoric to spread the good news....
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This note was uploaded on 05/25/2011 for the course MGMT 346 taught by Professor Vlajcic during the Spring '11 term at Moraine Valley Community College.

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