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Here he introduces the term enthymeme Book Chapter Two Aristotle's famous definition of rhetoric is viewed as the ability in any particular case to see the available means of persuasion. Of the pisteis provided through speech there are three parts: ethos, pathos, and logos.
He introduces paradigms and syllogisms as means of persuasion. Chapter Three Introduces the three genres of rhetoric: deliberative , forensic , and epideictic rhetoric.
Here he also touches on the "ends" the orators of each of these genres hope to reach with their persuasions—which are discussed in further detail in later chapters Book —7. Aristotle introduces these three genres by saying that "[t]he kinds of rhetoric are three in number, corresponding to the three kinds of hearers". The five most common are finance, war and peace, national defense, imports and exports, and the framing of laws.
Chapter Five Aristotle discusses the different ethical topics of deliberative rhetoric. Aristotle identifies the goal of human action with "happiness" and describes the many factors contributing to it Book — Chapter Six This is a continuation of Chapter Five, explaining in greater detail the stoikhea elements of the "good" described in the previous chapter.
Chapter Seven Introduces the term koinon of degree. Discusses the "ends" of deliberative rhetoric in relation to the greater good or more advantageous. Chapter Eight Aristotle defines and discusses the four forms of politeia useful in deliberative rhetoric: democracy , oligarchy , aristocracy , and monarchy.
Chapter Nine This chapter discusses the virtues and concepts of to kalon the honorable included in epideictic rhetoric. Aristotle describes what makes certain topics appropriate or worthy for praise or blame.
He also states that it is important to highlight certain traits of the subject of praise. Chapter Ten Aristotle discusses what syllogisms should be derived from kategoria accusations and apologia defenses for judicial rhetoric. He also introduces the wrongdoing, which is useful for judicial rhetoric. Chapter Eleven This chapter discusses the many different types of hedone pleasure useful for judicial rhetoric.
Aristotle states these as the reasons for people doing wrong. Chapter Twelve This chapter, also about judicial rhetoric, discusses people's dispositions of mind and whom people wrong from the hedone discussed in the previous chapter. Aristotle emphasizes the importance of willingness, or intentions, of wrongdoings. Chapter Thirteen Aristotle classifies all acts that are just and unjust defined in judicial rhetoric.
He also distinguishes what kinds of actions are fair and unfair with being just. Chapter Fourteen This chapter parallels the koinon described in Chapter Seven.
Aristotle is clarifying the magnitude in relation to questions of "wrongdoing" meant for judicial rhetoric. Chapter Fifteen Aristotle summarizes the arguments available to a speaker in dealing with evidence that supports or weakens a case.
These atechnic pisteis contain laws, witnesses, contracts, tortures, and oaths. Aristotle's Rhetoric generally concentrates on ethos and pathos , and—as noted by Aristotle—both affect judgment. Specifically, Aristotle refers to the effect of ethos and pathos on an audience since a speaker needs to exhibit these modes of persuasion before that audience.
Chapter 1[ edit ] In Chapter 1, Aristotle notes that emotions cause men to change their opinions and judgments. As such, emotions have specific causes and effects Book 2. A speaker can therefore employ this understanding to stimulate particular emotions from an audience.
However, Aristotle states that along with pathos, the speaker must also exhibit ethos, which for Aristotle encompasses phronesis , arete , and eunoia Book 2. Chapters 2—11[ edit ] Chapters 2—11 explore those emotions useful to a rhetorical speaker. Aristotle provides an account on how to arouse these emotions in an audience so that a speaker might be able to produce the desired action successfully Book 2.
Aristotle arranges the discussion of the emotions in opposing pairs, such as anger and calmness or friendliness and enmity.
It is pertinent to understand all the components in order to stimulate a certain emotion within another person. For example, to Aristotle, anger results from the feeling of belittlement Book 2.
Those who become angry are in a state of distress due to a foiling of their desires Book 2. Despite the not unwarranted success of this approach, the Aristotelian tri- partition of persuasion is still encumbered by a couple of obscurities; for example, Aristotle never tells us explicitly why there are just these three means of persuasion.
The best we can do for the theoretical justification of this theory is to take recourse to the triangle of object, speaker and addressee and associate each of the three persuasive means with one of these three factors.
Nonetheless, this model is introduced not in chapter I. However, once the doctrine of the three means of persuasion has been introduced, Aristotle reveals for the first time in the Rhetoric that he regards the discipline of rheto- ric not just as an application of dialectic, but also as derived from moral psychology. Q c In this context the dialectical competence is clearly responsible for the logical and argumentative aspect of persuasion.
It is important to note here that the expertise that is achieved in moral psychology is applied to purposes which are not connected with the internal goals of moral philosophy — we do not apply this expertise in order to understand what it means for the character to be good or bad or to distinguish between appropriate and inap- propriate emotional responses.
This is especially important in cases where there is no exact knowledge but rather room for doubt. But how does the speaker manage to appear as a credible person? But if he displays all of them, Aristotle concludes, it cannot rationally be doubted that his suggestions are credible. It takes no more than 13 Bekker-lines to explain the underlying theory.
The chapters on various types of character Rhet II. The dialectical approach to rhetoric must be supplemented by the moral-psychological one, since conclusiveness of argument is not the only factor that Q influences the judgment of the public audience.
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And indeed, major parts of the Rhetoric are dedicated to the definition of such concepts and to listing those things that are said to be just, good, noble, etc. And these are not the only concepts that are relevant in the public speech: Since happiness, for example, is regularly regarded as the highest good, the orator is also expected to know what happiness consists in and which are the things that contribute to happiness, and, to take another example, since virtue is regarded as noble and praiseworthy, the orator should know what virtue consists in and which are the most appreciated virtues, etc.
Therefore it is not entirely clear whether Aristotle wanted to entrust the dialectician or the ethical-political philosopher with the selection of the relevant concepts and propo- sitions. There are, however, some indications that we should not expect a clear-cut distinction.
Accidental selection of principles Since for Aristotle dialectic is a procedure for finding arguments for and against any and all theses, any commitment to certain particular premises and positions is foreign to dialectic as such. Yet it still makes pragmatic sense for the dialectician to be informed about more or less successful premises.
Now, if the dialectician is especially skilled in sorting through these accepted opinions according to their prospective success, then some- thing remarkable occurs, for among the most successful dialectical premises will be found some that are also useful for scientific demonstration.
But in reaching scientific principles the dialectician is no longer practicing dialectic in the strict sense, but rather has overstepped these bounds and entered into the individual disciplines of the prin- ciples thus grasped Rhet I.
But in any case, principles must be true propositions, so that Aristotle seems to expect that some of the selected endoxa will happen to be true sentences or even principles that are by no means opposed to his own philosophical convictions. Ambiguity of provisional definition and general conviction The rhetorician has to be equipped with opinions that are accepted by the majority of people in order to mention these opinions or to build rhetorical proofs around them.
For his purpose, generally accepted koina opinions are more effective than first prin- ciples, since the latter cannot do the same job if they are not generally known or gener- ally accepted. This seems to be the reason why the first book of the Rhetoric gives us lists of accepted opinions of what is good, just, pleasant, etc.
The second book of the Rhetoric starts with a different program: from chapter 2 to chapter 11 it lists definitions of various emotions. He seems to assert that the definitions of the various emotions will have the same status as the sentences or definitions about what is good, just, pleasant, etc.
This is an interesting develop- ment, since the role of the emotions is not really compatible with what is going on in the first book: as we said, Aristotle gives us generally accepted sentences in the first book of the Rhetoric because it is important for the speaker to know what people think about the good, the just, the pleasant, etc.
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But the situation is different with the use of the emotions: in order to arouse the emotions of the audience the speaker has to know what the emotions are like and not what people think they are like: even a broadly accepted sentence can be false, but with a false understanding of the nature of a certain emotion we will not succeed in arousing this particular emotion.
Conversely we can succeed in arousing a certain emotion on the basis of an appropriate definition, even if the audience addressed is completely ignorant of this definition. It seems then that we have at least two different uses of endoxa within the Rhetoric: In the first use the speaker needs them as premises of his arguments, since a certain subset of endoxa, the opinions that are commonly accepted the koina , represent the convictions of the audience; in the other use we are obviously faced with definitions that are endoxa in the sense that they do not represent the full and definite scientific definition.
In this context the respective definitions are provisionally adopted and contain, most probably, something that Aristotle would regard as an appropriate description of the emotion in question; but since in the context of rhetoric is not the right place to argue for those definitions, they are introduced without any background theory.
Furthermore, it is not possible to assign some endoxa to the first, and some others to the second kind of use, because Aristotle sometimes ascribes different applications to one and the same list of endoxa, e.
Confusion of accepted definitions and accounts of accepted views As we have seen, the Rhetoric is interested in endoxa partly because the rhetorician has to engage the convictions of the audience.
Therefore, what we expect to find in the corresponding chapters of the Rhetoric are catalogues of commonly held opinions. Also, the chapters that present the lists of endoxa are not just collec- tions or catalogues; on the contrary, some of them are deductively structured insofar as they articulate consequences that can be derived from an initial definition of the respective concept.
Furthermore, there are some examples which were most probably never meant as commonly accepted convictions: when it comes to the definition of pleasure in chapter I. Therefore it is much more plausible to assume that here we are dealing with a definition borrowed from a context of philosophical discussion and found suitable as the background to certain kinds of pleasure that seem to have been especially popular, i. The relevant difference would be that between a commonly accepted definition of pleasure and a definition of commonly appreciated pleasures; although the latter definition itself is not commonly known and accepted, the concepts of restoration and nature, which are used in this definition, can be used for some unproblematic and widespread assumptions about the nature of pleasures, for example, that habit is pleasant, because what becomes habitual is almost like nature, that necessities are unpleasant, etc.
In light of these indications we will have to draw a more differentiated picture of endoxa in the Rhetoric: First, the fact that the definitions in the first book of the Rhetoric are presented as endoxa and not as true and primary principles does not imply that they are always mistaken; very often the difference between endoxa and scientific or philo- sophical sentences just lies in the degree of precision; also, the well-considered, philo- sophical definitions have to cover the entire phenomenon, while non-refined endoxa are typically restricted to certain parts of the phenomenon; for example, when defining eudaimonia in the Rhetoric Aristotle gives us four unconnected definitions, each repre- senting different aspects of eudaimonia virtue, self-sufficiency, pleasure, external goods.
Third, most of the definitions of ethical concepts given in the Rhetoric are not meant as quotations of actually stated opinions. This again is the reason why we often find his own vocabulary in the endoxic definitions. Fourth, we have to keep in mind that in some cases the endoxic definitions oscillate between the roles of provisional definition and generally accepted conviction.
In addition, the use of the three technical means of persuasion depends in various ways on the knowledge of certain endoxa. But once we proceed to the third book of the same work we find two further approaches which are entirely independent from the previous ones and are affiliated with quite different disciplines: In chapters 1—12 of the third book Aristotle discusses lexis, i.
Where do these additional approaches come from and how do they fit into the dialectical and political approaches to rhetoric? As far as diction, lexis, is concerned, Aristotle seems to think that it is a topic that originally derives from literature Rhet III. Ultimately, the discussion of diction or style in the Poetics consists in the distinctions between various kinds of words, such as ordi- nary word, strange word, ornamental word epitheton , and metaphor, together with some considerations as to how these various kinds of words are to be deployed in the language of tragedy.
The Poetics itself at one point refers to a trea- tise about rhetoric Poetics a35 , which apparently had not yet included any treatment of lexis; hence it is tempting to think that a discussion of lexis was not intended at the time that the basic core of the Rhetoric I and II was composed and that chapters III.
At first glance, this seems to be a clear-cut distinction, which allows us to regard the discussion of lexis as complemen- tary to the topic of the first two books.
Even so he eventually became aware of the fact that the selection of words by which we express one and the same argument could have an impact on persuasiveness, because it directly affects the clarity of what we say. The conventional approach In chapters III. This is particularly true in view of the fact that Pre-Aristotelian rhetoric used to organize the art of rhetoric in accor- dance with the several parts of a speech and their ordering, while Aristotle had explic- itly replaced this traditional structure of the rhetorical art by his system of the three technical means of persuasion.
Nevertheless, the end of the second and the beginning of the third book of his Rhetoric tries to accommodate the respective chapters with the idea that the discussion of parts and their order taxis is what naturally follows the treatment of dianoia and the treatment of lexis. That this is more of an ad-hoc- systematization than the execution of a logically structured plan becomes clear when we consider that the chapters on taxis not only distinguish various parts but also repeat methods that have already been treated in the previous books.
Further, the terminology of the chapters on taxis is not always in line with the rest of the Rhetoric. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. The rhetoric of Western thought: From the Mediterranean world to the global setting. He states: IA USA: Murphy ed.
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Third possible objection The Rhetoric makes very much of accepted opinions endoxa. We can speculate, then, not without plau- sibility, that the last chapters III. Grimaldi, W. Within that process of learning proper, it is important that the student assumes the transmitted premises to be true, even if he is not yet able to understand why they are true and what they explain see Topics VIII.
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