On Rhetoric A Theory of Civic Discourse

ISBN-10: 0195305094
ISBN-13: 9780195305098
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/13/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

This new edition of George A. Kennedy's highly acclaimed translation and commentary offers the most faithful English version ever published of On Rhetoric. Based on careful study of the Greek text and informed by the best modern scholarship, the second edition has been fully revised and updated. As in the first edition, Kennedy makes the work readily accessible to modern students by providing an insightful general introduction, helpful section introductions, a detailed outline, extensive explanatory notes, and a glossary of Aristotle's rhetorical terms. Striving to convey a sense of Aristotle's distinctive way of thinking, Kennedy preserves the meaning and technical language of the original text, explaining it in detail as opposed to simplifying it as other translations do. Updated and expanded in light of recent scholarship, the second edition features: * A revised introduction with two new sections: "The Strengths and Limitations of On Rhetoric" and "Aristotle's Original Audience and His Audience Today" * A more user-friendly format: running heads now include book and chapter numbers * An updated bibliography * Revised appendices that provide translations of new supplementary texts--Socrates' Critique of Sophistic Rhetoric; Lysias' Speech Against the Grain Dealers; two selections from Isocrates (from Against the Sophists and from the Antidosis); selections from Rhetoric for Alexander; and Demosthenes' Third Philippic--and an extensive revision of George A. Kennedy's essay "The Earliest Rhetorical Handbooks"

Aristotle, 384 B.C. - 322 B. C. Aristotle was born at Stagira, in Macedonia, in 384 B.C. At the age of 17, he went to Athens to study at Plato's Academy, where he remained for about 20 years, as a student and then as a teacher. When Plato died in 347 B.C., Aristotle moved to Assos, a city in Asia Minor, where a friend of his, Hermias, was ruler. After Hermias was captured and executed by the Persians in 345 B.C., Aristotle went to Pella, the Macedonian capital, where he became the tutor of the king's young son Alexander, later known as Alexander the Great. In 335, when Alexander became king, Aristotle returned to Athens and established his own school, the Lyceum Aristotle's works were lost in the West after the decline of Rome, but during the 9th Century A.D., Arab scholars introduced Aristotle, in Arabic translation, to the Islamic world. In the 13th Century, the Latin West renewed its interest in Aristotle's work, and Saint Thomas Aquinas found in it a philosophical foundation for Christian thought. The influence of Aristotle's philosophy has been pervasive; it has even helped to shape modern language and common sense. Aristotle died in 322 B.C.

Prooemion
Notes on the Translation
Introduction
Aristotle's Life and Works
Rhetoric Before Aristotle
Aristotle's Classification of Rhetoric
Aristotle's Original Audience and His Audience Today
The Strengths and Limitations of On Rhetoric
Chapter-by-Chapter Outline of On Rhetoric
Pisteis, or The Means of Persuasion in Public Address
Pisteis, or The Means of Persuasion in Public Address (continued)
Delivery, Style, and Arrangement
Supplementary Texts
Gorgias' Encomium of Helen
Socrates' Critique of Sophistic Rhetoric
Lysias' Speech Against the Grain Dealers
Introduction to Dialectic from Aristotle, Topics 1.1-3
Two Selections from Isocrates
from Against the Sophists
from Antidosis
Selections from Rhetoric for Alexander
On Word Choice and Metaphor from Aristotle's Poetics
Demosthenes' Third Philippic
Supplementary Essays
The Earliest Rhetorical Handbooks
The History of the Text After Aristotle
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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