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ERIC Number: ED071134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Pages: 12
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Contemporary Inventional Theory: An Aristotelian Model.
Skopec, Eric W.
Contemporary rhetoricians are concerned with the re-examination of classical doctrines in the hope of finding solutions to current problems. In this study, the author presents a methodological perspective consistent with current interests, by re-examining the assumptions that underlie each classical precept. He outlines an inventional system based upon an Aristotelian model, and offers an analysis and application of Aristotle's doctrine of topical invention, by considering: (1) Aristotle's conditions for the application of rhetorical invention; (2) their application to contemporary public speaking; (3) the constituents of Aristotle's inventional system; and (4) the outlines of an Aristotelian inventional system based upon contemporary conditions. He concludes that in some areas of contemporary concern--where no single established theories exist--the use of purely rhetorical argument may be our only course for inquiry and argument. (Author/RN)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Assn. (58th, Chicago, December 27-30, 1972)