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350 BCE





At a Glance

Aristotle examines rhetoric and identifies the proper means by which orators persuade audiences. He names ethics, logic, and emotion in his Rhetoric as the most fitting methods for rhetoricians to study and master. The style and delivery of rhetoric captures Aristotle's attention as he describes the best way to select and arrange language. He observes that orators need to understand the nature of good character and how the emotions affect people's judgments about truth. He claims that rhetoric is similar to philosophy because it requires the study of reason and the construction of valid arguments. Rhetoricians must present their case and the evidence that supports it. The best rhetoricians are those who know how to convince the audience that the facts they provide align with the case they defend.

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Aristotle's Rhetoric examines and describes the art of constructing persuasive speeches. Rhetoricians use arguments and emotions to persuade audiences about current events as well as those in the past and future. Aristotle advises rhetoricians to study how and why people come to accept a claim as true and to identify the virtues associated with excellent oratory.


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