Of all the Ancient Greek philosophers, Plato was the one which had the most influence on subsequent ideas around the role of rhetoric and philosophy. A student of Socrates, he went on to found a school called The Academy, and was known for skepticism about the value of rhetoric. This skepticism or mistrust of rhetoricContinue reading “Plato”

The Sophists

The Sophists were among the first teachers and theorists of rhetoric in Ancient Greece. They made their living traveling from city to city, teaching the citizens the art of argumentation. Having experienced a wide variety of local habits and customs during their travels, they saw truth as being relative in nature. They rejected any ideaContinue reading “The Sophists”

What is Rhetoric?

According to Aristotle, rhetoric “is the art of discovering in any particular case all of the available means of persuasion.” Most modern and contemporary definitions tend to take this classical definition of rhetoric as their starting point. For example, Kenneth Burke, one of the 20th century’s greatest rhetorical theorists, gave this explanation of rhetoric: “itContinue reading “What is Rhetoric?”

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