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Aristotle on Political Reasoning
A Commentary on the "Rhetoric"
"An admirable account."—American Political Science Review
"The clearest, most helpful, least pedantic, and most accurate commentary on Aristotle's Rhetoric in English.... A superb monument to the revival of classical rhetoric."—Philosophy and Rhetoric
Is rhetoric some form of rational discourse about the intelligible reality of politics, or is it merely a means for verbally manipulating people through fallacious arguments and appeals to irrational impulses? To put the question more briefly, can rhetoric be distinguished from sophistry? "We weigh what we undertake and apprehend it perfectly in our minds," Pericles declared in his funeral oration, "not accounting words for a hindrance of action but that it is rather a hindrance to action to come to it without instruction of words before." —from Aristotle on Political Reasoning
(1981) 239 pp.
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