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ERIC Number: ED101398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Pages: 23
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The Enthymeme and the Rational Judge.
Perkins, Terry M.
This paper attempts to show that the significant difference between the enthymeme and the dialectic syllogism rests on the similarity of purpose of both dialectic and rhetoric, and on the differences in the respondents to which they address themselves. To support this thesis, the author reviews several contemporary approaches which have dealt with the enthymeme and develops an analysis of the essential requirements of dialectic and rhetoric which affect the characteristics of their respective syllogisms. The author predicts four essential characteristics of the enthymeme based on an assumption made by Aristotle that the rhetorical respondent, while untrained in the assessment of arguments, still has an innate understanding and preference for logical reasoning. The four characteristics are: (1) it must be short, simple, and to the point; (2) to accomplish this, the rhetorician must make use of common knowledge and draw obvious conclusions; (3) since one is arguing from propositions with which the auditor is already familiar, the enthymeme may be stylistically modified; (4) this modified argument has greater persuasive impact than the arguments developed by the educated man. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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