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A Course of Lectures on Oratory and Criticism

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  • Date Published: October 2013
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108066075

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  • While a tutor at Warrington Academy, the polymath Joseph Priestley (1733–1804) established himself as a leading grammarian and educational theorist, producing the influential Rudiments of English Grammar (1761) and A Course of Lectures on the Theory of Language and Universal Grammar (1762), both of which are reissued in this series. In 1762 he also delivered these lectures on rhetorical theory, arguing that the purpose of rhetoric is moral formation. Priestley was deeply influenced by associationism, a theory of mind developed by John Locke and David Hartley. This claims that all complex ideas develop from simple ones, which arise purely from sensory impressions. The orator's role, then, is to form the right associations between impressions and ideas in a listener's mind. Informed by this theory, these thirty-five lectures re-evaluate the classical rhetorical components of topic, method and style. First published in 1777, the work is reissued here in its 1781 Dublin printing.

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    • Date Published: October 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108066075
    • length: 396 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available, despatch within 1-2 weeks
  • Table of Contents

    Dedication
    Preface
    Part I:
    1. The introduction
    2. Of the nature and use of topics
    3. Of universal topics
    4. Of particular topics
    5. Of amplification
    Part II:
    6. Of method in narrative discourses
    7. Of method in argumentative discourses
    8. Of the several parts of a proper demonstration
    9. Of the analytical method
    10. Of the method of Mr Hume's inquiry into the principles of morals, etc.
    Part III:
    11. Of taste
    12. What affects the passions, judgment, and imagination
    13. Of the tendency of strong emotions to produce belief
    14. Of the influence of the passions on each other
    15. Of forms of address adapted to gain belief
    16. Of objections, etc.
    17. Of the pleasures of imagination
    18. A general account of the pleasure we receive from objects
    19. Of novelty
    20. Of the sublime
    21. Of the pleasure we receive from uniformity, and variety
    22. Of the nature of metaphors
    23. Rules for the use of metaphors
    24. Of contrast
    25. Of burlesque etc.
    26. Of riddles, puns, etc.
    27. Of metoymy
    28. Of the hyperbole and bombast
    29. Of personification
    30. Of imitation
    31. Of climax
    32. Of perspicuity in style
    33. Of the resemblance between sound and sense
    34. Of harmony in verse
    35. Of harmony in prose.

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    Joseph Priestley

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