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ERIC Number: ED310469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 10
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Public Speaking Practices: Analysis of Aristotle's "Rhetoric."
Markham, Reed
Aristotle's "Rhetoric" is divided into three books which describe the stages of preparing a public address. Book One establishes the philosophical position of rhetoric to logic. It also establishes four purposes of rhetoric and discusses three types of proof. Aristotle defines rhetoric as a faculty for providing two modes of argumentation: paradeigma and enthymeme; he also delineates the types of rhetorical situations as deliberative, epideictic, and forensic. Book Two of the "Rhetoric" deals with the audience. Aristotle felt that audiences would react positively to a speaker who possessed the qualities of wisdom, virtue, and goodwill. He viewed the audience as a study of human emotions and attitudes. Book Three of the "Rhetoric" is an examination of speech composition. After a discussion of the delivery, Aristotle directs attention to the study of style. He discusses clarity, diction, and metaphor and draws distinctions between the various style forms. The limitations of Aristotelian theory become more apparent as contemporary society becomes more complex and varied. In order to meet the demands of a changing society, some Aristotelian theories have been reconstructed. (MG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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