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Historical Attempts to Define Rhetoric Corax and Tisius: [The art of practical disputation, including argument from probability.] Plato (Phaedrus): The art of moving the soul with words (speeches) Aristotle: So let rhetoric be defined as the faculty ( dunamis) of discovering, in the particular case, the available means of persuasion. Cicero: [Rhetoric is the art of effective persuasion.] Quintilian: [Rhetoric is effective discourse] The rhetor is: the good man speaking well. Tatian: [The art of selling words for gold to the highest bidder; and which thus results in the defense of untruth and injustice.] Augutstine: [Rhetoric is the interpretation and transmission of authority.] Peter Ramus: [The art of stylistic adornment.]
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Unformatted text preview: “There are two parts of rhetoric: Style ( elocutio ) and Delivery ( pronuntiatio ); these are of course the only parts, the ones proper to the art. [. . .] Rhetoric therefore will keep this particular task, that it takes the matter found and related by Dialectic, and laid out in clear and correct speech by Grammar, and then it embellishes it with the splendor of the ornaments of style, and renders it acceptable with the grace of vocal tone and gesture” (Peter Ramus, Arguments against Quintilian , 27-28). Francis Bacon: The duty and office of Rhetoric is to apply Reason to Imagination for the better moving of the will....
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