Aristotle's Outlook on Rhetoric Analytical Essay

Aristotle's Outlook on Rhetoric
An analysis of Aristotle's views on rhetoric as expressed in his "On Rhetoric: A Theory of Civic Discourse."
# 146200 | 920 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US

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In this article, the writer discusses that in his work "On Rhetoric: A Theory of Civic Discourse", Aristotle provides a thorough and comprehensive discussion on rhetoric. The writer explains that, without a doubt, Aristotle discusses many fundamental aspects of rhetoric such as ethos, logos, pathos, pisteis, syllogism, the three categories of rhetoric, and much more, but questions how he actually viewed rhetoric. The writer maintains that although Aristotle appears to have a few contradictions as he discusses the ethics of using rhetoric, he overall considers rhetoric to be a sophisticated, powerful, yet controversial subject that strikes a balance between truth and deception.

From the Paper:

"As seen from the passage, because Aristotle tends to use such technical language, Aristotle seems to view rhetoric as a sophisticated academic subject as opposed to a simple straightforward skill. This is also re-exemplified by the book's contents and organization; Aristotle breaks the book down into various sections and in each section, chooses to provide a very intellectual and thorough discussion of a specific topic relevant to persuasion. For example, Aristotle includes many topics not directly related to rhetoric, such as a discussion of human pleasure, the nature of crime and capital punishment, or what humans consider "greatness" to be. In addition, Aristotle attempts to break rhetoric down into three species: deliberative, judicial, and epideictic. Because Aristotle devoted a significant amount of his "book" on various topics indirectly related to rhetoric and also because he chose to use a more intellectual writing style, it can be concluded that Aristotle considered rhetoric (whose purpose was to persuade) a highly rich, intellectual, and sophisticated subject as opposed to a simple skill. This idea may appear to be trivial, but it is crucial to successfully applying rhetoric. Rhetoric, according to Aristotle, is not a straightforward skill; rather, it is an art or a very vast subject, composed of strategies, techniques, and concepts relating to "seeing the available means of persuasion" from all over the various disciplines."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aristotle: On Rhetoric: A Theory of Civic Discourse

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