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ERIC Number: EJ895154
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
Purifying Rhetoric: Empedocles and the Myth of Rhetorical Theory
Gencarella, Stephen Olbrys
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v96 n3 p231-256 Aug 2010
The polymath Empedocles has not been considered a prominent figure in the history of rhetorical studies nor contemporary appropriations of antiquity, despite the reported attribution of his invention of rhetoric by Aristotle. This neglect is understandable, as the surviving fragments of Empedocles' work provide no significant reference to rhetoric per se. Attention to the folklore surrounding Empedocles (including legends of his deeds as a physician and politician, and his association with Pythagoras, Gorgias, and the god Apollo) is noteworthy, however, as it helps explain ways the ancient Greeks conceptualized rhetoric as a potentially healing discourse. Analysis of the Empedoclean tradition discloses a call to redress any human penchant for violence and to resist tyranny, themes relevant for critical rhetorical studies today. These contributions further demonstrate an affinity between Empedocles and Kenneth Burke's concern with the purification of war, and temper the recent interest in an Isocratean development of citizens by advancing a more ecumenical perspective on humanity. (Contains 1 table and 83 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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