Aristotle, Rhetoric

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Brief Summary

Rhetoric is a treatise that is widely considered "the most important single work on persuasion ever written."[1] George Kennedy is responsible for the best translation of the Rhetoric according to Quinn Warnick.[2]
This single writing is the basis of most academic articles on the study of rhetoric. Few if any scholarly articles on rhetoric can refuse to acknowledge a base knowledge of this writing. All discussions begin with Rhetoric as a base. Many of the common terminology that we get for discussions of rhetoric come from this publication including the concept of ethos, pathos and logos.

Application of Theory


  1. Golden, James L., Goodwin F. Berquist, William E. Coleman, Ruth Golden, & J.Michael Sproule (eds.). (2007). The rhetoric of Western thought: From the Mediterranean world to the global setting, 9th ed. Dubuque, IA (USA): p.67.
  2. ^ Kennedy, George A. (trans./ed.). 1991. Aristotle 'On Rhetoric': A Theory of Civic Discourse. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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