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Classical Greek Rhetorical Theory and the Disciplining of Discourse


  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107696921

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  • This book contributes to the history of classical rhetoric by focusing on how key terms helped to conceptualize and organize the study and teaching of oratory. David Timmerman and Edward Schiappa demonstrate that the intellectual and political history of Greek rhetorical theory can be enhanced by a better understanding of the emergence of 'terms of art' in texts about persuasive speaking and argumentation. The authors provide a series of studies to support their argument. They describe Plato's disciplining of dialgesthai into the Art of Dialectic, Socrates' alternative vision of philosophia, and Aristotle's account of demegoria and symboule as terms for political deliberation. The authors also revisit competing receptions of the Rhetoric to Alexander. Additionally, they examine the argument over when the different parts of oration were formalized in rhetorical theory, illustrating how an 'old school' focus on vocabulary can provide fresh perspectives on persistent questions.

    • The text offers a scholarly approach and methodology for the examination of classical texts, based on the reassertion of the significance of technical terms for conceptualization and practice
    • The text offers a method of analysis for scholars of classical rhetoric to organize and interpret both the classical texts themselves as well as secondary treatments of those texts
    • The text spans relevant texts and authors across the 4th century - this is unusual among treatments of this time frame that tend to focus more narrowly on a single author or concept
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107696921
    • length: 204 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: terms of art as a focus in the history of rhetorical theory
    2. Dialegesthai as a term of art: Plato and the disciplining of dialectic
    3. Philosophia as a term of art: recovering Isocrates
    4. Terms of art for political deliberation: demegoria and sumboule
    5. Terms of art and the interpretation of texts: the disciplinary status of the Rhetoric to Alexander
    6. Terms of art and inferring rhetorical theory: when did the parts of a speech become formalized?
    7. Epilogue.

  • Authors

    David M. Timmerman, Wabash College, Indiana
    David Timmerman is Professor of Rhetoric and Chair of Humanities and Fine Arts at Wabash College. He is co-editor of Rhetoric and Democracy: Pedagogical and Political Practices and has contributed to Philosophy and Rhetoric, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Advances in the History of Rhetoric.

    Edward Schiappa, University of Minnesota
    Edward Schiappa holds the Paul W. Frenzel Chair of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, where he is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communications Studies. He is the author of several books, including Protagoras and Logos: A Study in Greek Philosophy and Rhetoric and The Beginnings of Greek Rhetorical Theory.

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