The Virtue of Rhetoric Term Paper

The Virtue of Rhetoric
A definition of the standards of morals, policies and practices to which students of rhetoric should adhere.
# 147316 | 2,493 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Mar 18, 2011 in History (Greek and Roman) , Philosophy (Ancient Greek)

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This paper deals with the subject of rhetoric and explores the history and theories relating to the virtue of rhetoric. It mentions Isocrates, Gorgias, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, and Augustine as all having their own theories for ensuring virtue. The paper finally concludes that rhetoric can be used for something great and morally outstanding.

From the Paper:

''Arete is a Greek term that means virtue, excellence or being the best that you can be and is commonly associated with the subject of Rhetoric. Throughout history, rhetors have used this term to define the standards of what morals, policies and practices students of rhetoric should adhere to. Isocrates, Gorgias, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, and Augustine all have their own theories about "arete" of the rhetor, and the qualities a virtuous rhetor must possess. Throughout this paper, I explore a little about each rhetor's history and theories relating to the virtue of rhetoric and rhetors and determine who has the most credible theory for ensuring virtue in rhetors.
''Isocrates was a very important rhetorical figure in Athens and an important man to consider when studying arete in rhetoric. Born in 436 B.C., Isocrates was a contemporary and rival to Plato, studying under Socrates and possibly Gorgias.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Plato. "Gorgias." The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical times to the Present. Bizzell, Patricia, and Bruce Herzberg. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001. Print.
  • Herrick, James A. The History and Theory of Rhetoric: an Introduction. 4th ed. Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, 2009. Print.

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