Aristotle and Cicero on Rhetoric Comparison Essay by cee-cee

Aristotle and Cicero on Rhetoric
This paper contrasts the philosophies of Aristotle and Cicero on rhetoric.
# 109408 | 2,157 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Nov 30, 2008 in Communication (Language and Speech) , Philosophy (Ancient Greek)

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This paper first explains Aristotle's belief that rhetoric is a tool that could do both great good and great harm and thus could not itself be one of the great truths of the world. The paper then compares this to Cicero's view that rhetoric was an art form that required practice and skill and was the only true method of political discourse and an absolute necessity in the formation and exercise of good government.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aristotle. Rhetoric. New York: Courier Dover, 2004.
  • Erickson, Keith. Aristotle: The Classical Heritage of Rhetoric. New York: Scarecrow Press, 1974.
  • McKendrick, Paul. The Speeches of Cicero. New York: Duckworth, 1994.
  • Steel, Catherine. Cicero, Rhetoric and Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Triadafilopoulos, Tomas. "Politics, Speech and the Art of Persuasion: Toward an Aristotelian Conception of the Public Sphere". Journal of Politics. Aug, 1999. 15:3. Pp734-752.

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