Aristotle's Rhetoric: An Art of Character

Aristotle's Rhetoric: An Art of Character

by Eugene Garver
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226284255

ISBN-13: 9780226284255

Pub. Date: 04/01/1995

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In this major contribution to philosophy and rhetoric, Eugene Garver shows how Aristotle integrates logic and virtue in his great treatise, the Rhetoric. He raises and answers a central question: can there be a civic art of rhetoric, an art that forms the character of citizens? By demonstrating the importance of the Rhetoric for understanding current…  See more details below

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In this major contribution to philosophy and rhetoric, Eugene Garver shows how Aristotle integrates logic and virtue in his great treatise, the Rhetoric. He raises and answers a central question: can there be a civic art of rhetoric, an art that forms the character of citizens? By demonstrating the importance of the Rhetoric for understanding current philosophical problems of practical reason, virtue, and character, Garver has written the first work to treat the Rhetoric as philosophy and to connect its themes with parallel problems in Aristotle's Ethics and Politics. Garver's study will help put rhetoric at the center of investigations of practice and practical reason.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226284255
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/01/1995
Edition description:
1
Pages:
333
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Aristotle's Rhetoric and the Professionalization of Virtue3
IAristotle's Rhetoric: Between Craft and Practical Wisdom18
Aristotle's Project: A Civic, Practical Art of Rhetoric18
Guiding vs. Given Ends22
From Internal/External Ends to Energeia/Kinesis34
Rhetoric and Phronesis41
Civic vs. Professional Arts45
IIThe Kinds of Rhetoric52
The Plurality of Practical Discourse and the Diversity of Goods53
Plurality, Function, and the Three Kinds of Rhetoric59
Plurality, Diversity, and Incommensurability66
From Guiding Ends to Species73
IIIRhetorical Topics and Practical Reason76
Topics and the Marriage of Politics and Dialectic77
Deliberative Rhetoric: Rhetoric I.4-883
Epideictic Rhetoric: Rhetoric I.993
Forensic Rhetoric: Rhetoric I.10-1596
Topics and Practical Reason100
IVDeliberative Rationality and the Emotions104
Corrupting and Enabling Emotions104
The Place of the Emotions in Rhetorical Argument109
Love and Anger, Eunoia and Thymos112
Aristotle's Definition of Emotion: How Emotions Modify Judgment115
Pleasure, Pain, and Good Practical Decisions122
The Political Function of Emotion128
The Emotions, Good Action, and the Good Life135
VWhy Reasoning Persuades139
Arguing and Persuading142
Arguing and Persuading: Ethos and Trust149
Logical Forma and Rhetorical Forms154
How Examples Persuade156
How Enthymemes Persuade162
Rhetorical Persuasion and Practical Reason169
VIMaking Discourse Ethical: Can I Be Too Rational?172
The Problem and the Evidence173
Character and Rhetorical Invention177
Why Rhetoric Needs Ethos182
Ethos and Trust: Speaker and Audience188
Artful Ethos and Real Ethos193
How Maxims Make Discourse Ethical197
Rhetoric, Cleverness, and Phronesis202
VIIHow to Tell the Rhetorician from the Sophist, and Which One to Bet On206
Energeia and Praxis206
The Internal Ends of Art and Virtue209
The Art and Virtue of Truth-telling213
The Moral Point of View and the Rhetorical Point of View221
The Moral Ambiguity of Rhetoric, and the Moral Ambiguity of Morality226
VIIIAristotle's Rhetoric and the History of Prudence232
Notes249
Bibliography297
Index to Passages from Aristotle313
General Index320

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