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Classical Greek Rhetorical Theory and the Disciplining of Discourse

Classical Greek Rhetorical Theory and the Disciplining of Discourse

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David M. Timmerman, Edward Schiappa
Cambridge University Press, 3/22/2010
EAN 9780521195188, ISBN10: 0521195187

Hardcover, 202 pages, 21.6 x 14.5 x 2 cm
Language: English

This book contributes to the history of classical rhetoric by focusing on how key terms helped to conceptualize and organize the study and teaching of oratory. David Timmerman and Edward Schiappa demonstrate that the intellectual and political history of Greek rhetorical theory can be enhanced by a better understanding of the emergence of 'terms of art' in texts about persuasive speaking and argumentation. The authors provide a series of studies to support their argument. They describe Plato's disciplining of dialgesthai into the Art of Dialectic, Socrates' alternative vision of philosophia, and Aristotle's account of demegoria and symboule as terms for political deliberation. The authors also revisit competing receptions of the Rhetoric to Alexander. Additionally, they examine the argument over when the different parts of oration were formalized in rhetorical theory, illustrating how an 'old school' focus on vocabulary can provide fresh perspectives on persistent questions.

1. Introduction
terms of art as a focus in the history of rhetorical theory
2. Dialegesthai as a term of art
Plato and the disciplining of dialectic
3. Philosophia as a term of art
recovering Isocrates
4. Terms of art for political deliberation
demegoria and sumboule
5. Terms of art and the interpretation of texts
the disciplinary status of the Rhetoric to Alexander
6. Terms of art and inferring rhetorical theory
when did the parts of a speech become formalized?
7. Epilogue.