Definitions of rhetoric

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Definitions of Rhetoric

Bryant contributed to the New Rhetoric movement by rejecting to the modern conception that rhetoric was sophistry. Bryant supported and expanded upon Kenneth Burke's new rhetoric by stating his infamous definition of the function of rhetoric: adjusting ideas to people and people to ideas. Bryant also supported the idea that the principles of classical rhetoric could still be applied to the modern and extensive forms of discourse today through a reinterpretation of Aristotle's Rhetoric. Bryant believed that Aristotle's Rhetoric had limitations that were historical rather than philosophical. Bryant objected to Aristotle's apparent failure to include exposition and persuasion within rhetoric, arguing that Aristotle's idea of demonstration implies perfect exposition for an inquiring audience. Also, Bryant argues that Aristotle's third category of his tripartite speeches, the deliberative speech, includes a persuasion-based system.

Bryant elaborates on the theory that rhetoric can be distinguished as a four-tiered definition.

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