Aristotle 's Rhetoric And Rhetoric

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Aristotle is given a lot of credit for developing the basics of the system that forms the rhetoric. The rhetoric is regarded as the most important work that was written on persuasion. This rhetoric was never meant to be published but it was instead a collection of notes by his students from his lectures. It shows the development of his thoughts in two periods while Aristotle was in Athens. Aristotle developed the rhetoric in two phases, first when he was in Athens and the second phase when he was head of his own school which was called the Lyceum. According to Aristotle, rhetoric was seen as a means or as a way that was used to manipulate others by not stating facts and also messing around with people’s emotions. Aristotle is the one who identified rhetoric as one of the key elements alongside with logic and dialect. The first line of the rhetoric is that, ‘rhetoric is a counterpart of dialect’. He says that logic is the key that is concerned with reasoning to reach scientific goals while both dialect and rhetoric are the parts that are concerned with probability. With this, he said that these three elements were the ones that were best suited to human affairs. Dialect as a tool for philosophy is a way for skilled personnel to test their knowledge so that they can be able to learn. Rhetoric as a tool of philosophy is a means for persuading an audience using basic knowledge so as to solve issues (Hagberg & Jost, 2009). Aristotle defines rhetoric as the ability to persuade…
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