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ERIC Number: ED370110
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 14
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Aristotle and Social-Epistemic Rhetoric: The Systematizing of the Sophistic Legacy.
Allen, James E.
While Aristotle's philosophical views are more foundational than those of many of the Older Sophists, Aristotle's rhetorical theories inherit and incorporate many of the central tenets ascribed to Sophistic rhetoric, albeit in a more systematic fashion, as represented in the "Rhetoric." However, Aristotle was more than just a rhetorical theorist and cataloguer; he was a teacher of rhetoric as well, offering lessons at Plato's Academy in competition with Isocrates. Rather than striving to oppose or replace the teachings of the Sophists entirely, Aristotle actually perpetuates and codifies many of their disparate ideas about the nature of discourse in human affairs through his own descriptive, theoretical framework. By doing so, Aristotelian rhetoric can be seen as a more systematized version of Sophistic rhetoric, and as such is at heart as much a social-epistemic rhetoric as has been claimed for the Older Sophists. It can still function today in the classroom, when combined with a practical method. (Contains 23 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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