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By Wendy Olmsted, Walter Jost, Charles Altieri, Don H. Bialostosky, Wayne Booth

A spouse to Rhetoric and Rhetorical feedback bargains the 1st significant survey in 20 years of the sphere of rhetorical reports and of the perform of rhetorical conception and feedback throughout various disciplines. The contributions are written via best students from quite a few various fields and feature all been specifically commissioned for this quantity. They specialize in particular works, difficulties, or figures, pursuing conception and feedback from an engaged and useful point of view. the amount additionally contains an summary of rhetorical traditions, delivering examples of rhetoric from precedent days to the current day. Designed to be obtainable to various scholars and students, A spouse to Rhetoric and Rhetorical feedback elaborates in attention-grabbing methods simply what it skill to ''think like a rhetorician.''

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This makes sense in cities like Athens, where the Assembly and the law courts were the principal mechanisms of government and were open to all citizens. Thus, Aristotle explains that his definition applies particularly to democracies, for other forms of constitution like oligarchy or monarchy may have no Assembly (1275b). ’’ In order to understand why Aristotle on the one hand seems to privilege collective deliberation in his definition of citizenship and yet reject it in his treatment of democratic institutions we need to inquire more closely into his analysis of democracy and the role of oratory in democratically governed cities.

2003 5:57pm page 31 The Politics of Deliberation 31 The good citizen, instead of trying to terrify the opposition, ought to prove his case in fair argument. Thucydides is well aware of the harmful effects that oratory can have on political decision-making. In the Mytilinean Debate and in many other passages, he presents with devastating clarity the harm that can ensue when public discourse becomes distorted by self-seeking leaders under the pressure of war or national crises. But at the same time, as he has Diodotus argue, he is well aware that a self-governing political community (unlike a tyranny) has no other choice but to employ persuasive discourse because the logos (word, speech, argument, discourse, reason) is the only medium by which human beings can wisely govern a well-ordered political community.

This is the idea captured by the word kairos, which involves timeliness or opportuneness. The most logically compelling and ironclad argument will fail if it is made in a way that will not appeal to that particular audience at that particular time. 7 Likewise, in the debate at Athens it was the Corcyraeans who understood their audience and how Athenians deliberate. Their appeal to cold, sober assessment of interest was persuasive against the kinds of appeals made by the Corinthians that, however meritorious, were based upon factors not valued highly in Athenian deliberation.

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