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Aristotle, great Greek philosopher, researcher, reasoner, and writer, born at Stagirus in 384 BCE, was the son of Nicomachus, a physician, and Phaestis. He studied under Plato at Athens and taught there (367-347); subsequently he spent three years at the court of a former pupil, Hermeias, in Asia Minor and at this time married Pythias, one of Hermeias's relations. After so ...more
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Published September 30th 2006 by Loeb (first published -322)
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Jul 25, 2010 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Aristotle defines. Unmercifully. And The Art of Rhetoric is no exception. Aristotle disdained the sophist tradition of ancient Greece as much as Plato, but he also understood that rhetoric was a popular study of the day and it became another discipline he sought to master. With a scientific eye and a mind toward philosophical value, Aristotle studied rhetoric as “the power to observe the persuasiveness of which any particular matter admits” (pg. 74; Ch. 1.2). Rhetoric, when used appropriately, b ...more
Not Aristotle's clearest or best organized work, but still part of the core curriculum of a liberal education.

Why read Aristotle today? Because he is one of the greatest minds in Western history, and such a person's well-considered thoughts are inherently worth reading, if anything is.

In addition, this book was deliberately aimed at those seeking to play an active role in a democratic society, to help them fulfill their function as citizens of a free society. We in the West imagine ourselves (mo
Paul Haspel
You may never have read anything by Aristotle; but if you've ever taken a college writing course, you've had him as your teacher. The Art of Rhetoric did so much to define how subsequent generations, and civilizations, regarded the task of crafting persuasive language that it can truly be regarded as a founding text. Methodically, Aristotle sets forth his sense of how the writer's handling of character and emotion contributes to success in rhetorical terms. His insights regarding style and compo ...more
Alp Turgut
Aristoteles'in Platon'un "Gorgias"da bahsettiği Retorik kavramını bir üst seviyeye taşıdığı eseri "The Art of Rhetoric / Retorik", insani tutumlara dair mükemmele yakın tanımlamarıyla adeta bir hayat sözlüğü niteliğinde. Kıskançlık, kibir, gurur, hırs, yaşlılık, gençlik gibi bir sürü kavramın açıklamalarını okuma şansı bulduğumuz eserde özellikle ilk iki kitabı okurken ünlü filozofun zekasına ve gözlemlerine hayran kalıyorsunuz. Öte yandan, eğretileme ve konuşma tekniklerinden bahsettiği daha ço ...more
Nov 17, 2013 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book of Aristotle’s highly taxonomical Rhetoric opens with a parsing of dialectic and rhetoric. He sets up the latter as an art of persuasion related to but nevertheless distinguishable from the former. After exploring the usefulness of syllogisms and enthymemes for both arts, Aristotle sets out his three basic categories of rhetorical discourse: deliberative, judicial (or forensic), and epideictic. He spends the rest of the first book exploring topics (related to the Greek topos, for ...more
Feb 26, 2010 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is obviously a classic to the field of rhetoric. It also contains what is essentially the first treatise on human psychology, in addition to systematically analyzing the art of persuasion.

I have never read any other editions of this book, but I would recommend this edition to everyone who wants to read it. George Kennedy's translation and his commentary are incredibly helpful, even amusing at times. His sheer knowledge of Aristotle and this work (he must have spent decades on it) is st
Daniel Gonçalves
Apr 23, 2015 Daniel Gonçalves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lido para a disciplina de retórica, obviamente. Um marco na história da civilização.
Jesse Broussard
Apr 19, 2008 Jesse Broussard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mediocre
I'm sure it's excellent, necessary, brilliantly designed, etc. But so is a sewer system, and you don't want to spend too much time there either.
Gwen Burrow
Read this when I barely knew what "rhetoric" meant. So I should sift through it again.
Sep 16, 2008 Carmen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education
I need an Idiot's Guide type book to help me with this one because this is just not sinking in. Perhaps I need to reread it. ehh. I'm not really a fan of rhetoric to begin with but this is certainly the book for orators, politicians, and lawyers to be. Proof, proof, proof, make sure you can back up what you say, but when you don't have proof, at least say it with style and panache, that's half the battle. An interesting read during election season.

One of the most interesting moments in this boo
Jan 26, 2014 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this is a book about rhetoric the broad definition that is used by Aristotle allows for excursions into philosophy, government, history, ethics, and literature. Thus when discussing the proper organization of a speech Aristotle draws on literary examples from Homer and Herodotus to Sophocles. No one can deny the strength of Antigone's argument when she says, "But when mother and father have gone to Hades there is no brother who can be born again".(p 271)
The work is difficult for Aristotle
Eric McLean
There is a lot of good stuff here (obviously-it's Aristotle, man!) and it almost feels wrong not giving this 5 stars, but alas...I just didn't find all of it very interesting. I struggled to finish this, mostly because there were some great points on rhetoric surrounded by mountains of definitions that don't really seem to define rhetoric as it is today. I'm sure there are some more modern texts that get at the same ideas in a more modern context-but we all owe a lot of that to Aristotle.

Escrito probablemente entre los años 329-323 aC. este tratado conserva aún significativa vigencia. En su época El arte de la Retórica logró superar el conflicto existente entre Filosofía y Retórica, desdeñada por los filósofos que la consideraban una práctica sin rigor, solo interesada en el despliegue de la elocuencia. Aristóteles en esta obra instituyó definitivamente las leyes de la Retórica, fijó con exactitud el objetivo específico del arte oratorio y declaró la naturaleza de sus elementos ...more
Feb 16, 2014 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Throughout the book Kennedy places On Rhetoric into its important historical context. Starting with the Prooemion and through the introduction, Kennedy shows how clearly Aristotle's theories deviated from Isocrates, Plato and Socrates. For example, Aristotle’s “instinctive feeling for philosophy came to be far more pragmatic than Platonic idealism” (2). But, Kennedy also shows how Aristotle combined the important overlapping aspects of philosophy and rhetoric, mainly from Plato and Isocrates.

Constantin Silvius

Un bun indicator pentru stilul vestic de cunoastere, care merge dinspre detaliu spre imaginea completa.
Autorul incepe cu definirea retoricii ca ramura a dialecticii, in contrast cu discursul rational. Retorica este folosita cand te adresezi unui public care nu poate sau nu are destul timp la dispozitie pentru a urmari un sir lung de argumente ori care nu are la dispozitie destul timp pentru a face asta.
Urmarea logica este prezentarea diferitelor moduri prin care un orator isi poate convinge publ
Daniel Rumbell
Jan 31, 2015 Daniel Rumbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has special value to me due to its immediate use upon purchase without prompting from a third party. When I returned to college five years after my first semester had ended badly, I was a writer, but not an academic writer. When it came time to write my first academic paper, I used the emotional discussions and definitions in this book to frame my argument. When it resulted in an A on my first college essay, I was pleased and encouraged and it is entirely due to the usefulness of the t ...more
Elliott Bignell
To read Aristotle on rhetoric is to be present at the birth of a new science, as this was the footing upon which the Philosopher sought to place the idiom. While this concept of "science" is a far cry from Popper's conjecture and refutation and the modern synthesis of scientific thinking, it is closer than one might think. Aristotle seeks to provide a theoretical framework based in the minds of listeners, to classify and taxonomise species of argument and to back it all up with concrete, quasi-e ...more
Aug 02, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
I read this for a graduate course on rhetorical theory and it is great. If you've never read Aristotle before, just give it some time - once I read the first few pages, I started to get the feel for Aristotle's tone and style and began to appreciate his wealth of ideas.

The translation is well done, with numerous insightful notes. Rather than read them as they came up in the text, I started to read a full chapter of Aristotle's text first, then review the chapter again for all the notes. This wa
Brittany Petruzzi
I cleared my one-star rating for being a purely subjective impression as a college freshman. Never have I read a more unpersuasive and engaging treatment of the art of persuasion. Perhaps I would have found it more so with a better translation? Someday I may pick up a Sachs translation and give it another go.
Sep 21, 2014 Derek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Regretfully, I didn't spring for the extra money to purchase the penguin edition, which I suspect is not only a superior translation, but also includes copious footnotes and a thorough introduction. That being said, for the general reader, I'd recommend skipping the bulk of sections I and II, and going straight into reading section III. I say this because the first two sections, while interesting from a historical and philosophical perspective, are largely outdated and provide little to no insig ...more
Apr 21, 2011 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am glad to be reminded of this wonderful book, although I read it some time ago. It is effectively practical advice in nature which perhaps I did not completely appreciate at the time. Perhaps it is time to read it again.
Seth Pierce
Jan 11, 2015 Seth Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I struggled with this book due to its classic status, and its being the first work to systematic rhetoric, and its sometimes statements of the painfully obvious. Nevertheless, I did find much to highlight and refer back to when formulating various presentations. I did find some of the examples difficult to follow as many of the Greek names were unfamiliar to me, however most of the time the example was plain enough. I appreciated the clarity of how to perform the epilogue as well as the analysis ...more
Oct 30, 2014 Betul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is a mix of argumentation and examples -lots of them indeed- on how to talk well. It explains how the content, style and delivery should be made -delivery explained very briefly, though- in order to capture the audience.

It is sort of the guide for giving a good speech with psychological explanations both for the orator and the audience.

Plus, the notes provided by the editor/translator H. C. Lawson-Tancred do help a lot in fully understanding the book. I strongly advise a future-reader
Jul 21, 2011 Yann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je me suis régalé avec Aristote.
Douglas Wilson
Elias Vasilis Kontaxakis
“Persuasion occurs through the arguments when we show the truth or the apparent truth from whatever is persuasive in each case.”

Whereas the Poetics concerned itself with the nature and composition of art, On Rhetoric is Aristotle’s examination of its effect on the audience. And not just art, but any compelling medium such as debate, storytelling, or speech. He again picks the subject apart and labels its organs, gives each a purpose and analyzes their effective use.

The Philosopher first distin
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"Reading Aristotle's Rhetoric was a good idea that ended up being far more painful that I would have liked. It is common for me to read the recommended or referenced books of intellectuals that I admire. Although I don't quite remember where I heard or read Rhetoric referenced, it did find it's way on my Amazon Wish List. I can now say I've read it, but I wouldn't say much more than that about it. (Word of warning: Rhetoric is extremely referential to Ari
Apr 01, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though ancient, and though filled assumptions about the usefulness of slavery and the uselessness of women, much of this is very relevant to today, because while science has advanced, what convinces and moves the average human is pretty much the same after 2,000 plus years (there's a depressing thought). The funny thing is that even when he talks about rhetoric he disdains it, saying that rhetoric/language by nature is inferior to math because "you don't need rhetoric when teaching Pythagoras". ...more
Azt hiszem (vagy legalábbis remélem), hogy sem Arisztotelész, sem életművén belül a Rétorika nem szorul bemutatásra, legkevésbé ismertetésre. Aki a klasszikában, a modern irodalomkritikában és nyelvelméletekben érdekelt, az úgysem kerülheti el, hogy végig ne rágja magát egy olyan munkán, mely utóhatásában kimutathatóan egészen a modern rétorikáig nyúlik. Ami esetleg kiemelést, külön méltatást érdemel, az a szöveggondozó munkája. Adamik Tamás nemcsak az antik rétorika legavatottabb ismerője, de e ...more
Tommy Lee
Apr 19, 2014 Tommy Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book could now be titled: An Ancient Treatise on Human Psychology. It was pretty amazing to read how observational Aristotle was to the human psyche of Ancient Greece. Although his views are sexist (as was the norm), he tapped into every facet of human action and how to reach different types of people using different types of skills. It would seem beneficial for every student of law to read this book as Aristotle also explains how best to defend and/or prosecute in the courtroom.
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Aristotle (384–322 B.C.E.) numbers among the greatest philosophers of all time. Judged solely in terms of his philosophical influence, only Plato is his peer: Aristotle's works shaped centuries of philosophy from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance, and even today continue to be studied with keen, non-antiquarian interest. A prodigious researcher and wri
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“What makes a man a 'sophist' is not his faculty, but his moral purpose. (1355b 17)” 8 likes
“It was at this point that the transition was first made to the conception that rhetoric was a teachable skill, that it could, usually in return for a fee, be passed from one skilled performer on to others, who might thereby achieve successes in their practical life that would otherwise have eluded them.” 2 likes
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