Aristotle's Rhetoric

Aristotle. "From Rhetoric." The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical Times to the Present. 2nd ed. Eds. Patricia Bizzell and Bruce Herzberg. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001. 179-240. Print.

In Book 1, Chapter 2, Aristotle's describes rhetoric as "the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion" and he breaks it down by various methods (181).  He defines logos, ethos, and pathos (182). He compares syllogisms in dialectic with enthymemes in rhetoric, and notes that in rhetoric, proof can be given through "enythymeme or examples: there is no other way" (182). 

In Chapter 3, Aristotle notes "the three elements in speech-making--speaker, subject, and person addressed" and that the audience is in a position to evaluate the speaker (185).  He describes "three divisions of oratory--(1) political, (2), forensic, and (3) the ceremonial oratory of display" (185).

In Chapter 5 and 6, Aristotle describes the nature of happiness and what is good (188-192).  In Chapter 6, he talks about evaluating what is good (192-197). Chapter 9: He describes virtue and vice, and what is noble (197-200). In Chapter 13-14, he describes what is just and unjust, and how negative actions compare with each other (207-210).

In Book 2, Aristotle notes that rhetoric "exists to affect the giving of decisions" and that what inspires confidence in character are "good sense, good moral character, and goodwill" (213). 

Other topics: 
Anger (214)
Calmness (2015-216)
The possible and the impossible (220-221)
Example, enthymeme, maxim (222-225)
Lines of argument, syllogisms, enthymemes (226-236)
Book III: Style (236-240)

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