or Aristotle, Our Other Contemporary
R demonstration vs. persuasion <ul><li>For Aristotle, unlike Plato, the pursuit of knowledge  ≠  the pursuit of  certain  ...
R demonstration vs. persuasion <ul><li>Rhetoric,  for Aristotle, is the art (or  techne ) of persuasion is rhetoric. </li>...
R enthymeme As melody and harmony are to the musical artist and color, line and mass to the visual one, so are enthymemes ...
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Aristotle, the Rhetoric, Book I

  1. 1. or Aristotle, Our Other Contemporary
  2. 2. R demonstration vs. persuasion <ul><li>For Aristotle, unlike Plato, the pursuit of knowledge ≠ the pursuit of certain truth, or epistêmê . There’s also the pursuit of phronesis . </li></ul><ul><li>Phronesis or “practical wisdom:” The wisdom displayed in areas of human life such as ethics and politics. Concerns truths that are, by their very nature, uncertain, debatable, unknowable in any final sense. </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstration: To show a proposition to be true regardless of human judgment, belief, opinion, etc., e.g., The sum of the angles of a triangle is always 180 degrees. </li></ul><ul><li>Persuasion: To win the assent of an audience to a proposition that is, per definition, not susceptible to demonstration. </li></ul>
  3. 3. R demonstration vs. persuasion <ul><li>Rhetoric, for Aristotle, is the art (or techne ) of persuasion is rhetoric. </li></ul><ul><li>The rhetor is thus a civic artist. </li></ul><ul><li>The civic arts: The ongoing debate whereby a community shapes, preserves, and changes itself, and without which it would disappear. </li></ul>
  4. 4. R enthymeme As melody and harmony are to the musical artist and color, line and mass to the visual one, so are enthymemes to the Aristotelian rhetorical artist. Argument: An assertion + evidence for believing it. Enthymeme: A combination of statements that explicitly makes an argument while implicitly evoking the worldview within which that argument makes sense.

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