Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Richard Toye

Rhetoric used to be an important a part of western schooling. Aristotle wrote an enormous treatise on it and Demosthenes continues to be well-known to at the present time for his abilities as a rhetorician. yet ability with rhetoric this day isn't any longer well-known. Rhetoric is frequently noticeable as a synonym for shallow, misleading language-empty phrases, empty rhetoric--and for that reason as anything particularly destructive. but when we view rhetoric in additional impartial phrases, because the "art of persuasion," it's transparent that we're all pressured to interact with it at a few point, if simply simply because we're regularly uncovered to the rhetoric of others. during this Very brief creation, Richard Toye explores the aim of rhetoric. instead of proposing a security of it, he considers it because the foundation-stone of civil society, and a necessary a part of any democratic strategy. utilizing wide-ranging examples from historic Greece, medieval Islamic preaching, the wartime speeches of Winston Churchill, and sleek cinema, Toye considers why we should always all have an appreciation of the paintings of rhetoric.

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