The Art of Rhetoric
'If there are two definitive features of ancient Greek civilization,' writes Hugh Lawson-Tancred in his wide-ranging Introduction, 'they are articulacy and competition.' In the city-states oratorical competence was an essential asset for politicians in the Assemblies...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
- Překladem do archaické češtiny - z akademického pohledu to je asi ocenitelné, ale špatně se mi četla.
- Nedostatečnou znalostí reálií antického Řecka. Odkazuje se na ně neustále, ztrácel jsem se v tom.
- Přístupem k tématu. Co jsem hledal, že autor řekne k tématu by zabralo asi jen desetinu knihu, zbytek byla pro mě "vata" okolo.
Ve výsledku bych si radši přečetl předžvýkaný výtah, který přinese zajímavé myšlenky autora současnému čtenáři ...more
One of the most interesting moments in this boo ...more
I was totally content with this specific publication, but my interests were to read it once and be done with it. This is an unglamorous edition and I wouldn’t give it to your daughter’s boyfriend for Christmas.
As a speechwrit ...more
The work is difficult for Aristotle ...more
When I trudged through the dull translation of a section that proclaimed no value to a type of oration that I had just that evening used to great effect in a public political speech to a small audience, perhaps the years have been unkind, but I knew this wasn't going to be of great use to me. Times change, and sophistry is a fact. Wishing it away changes nothing.
Ahem: "e ...more
The work is a bit disorganized, and you pile between the points in a way that make it difficult to follow.
But it is excellent with an introduction from the creator of the work on rhetoric, the book has been widely used in teaching communications, but the ideas here give a good insight into the origin of rhetoric and argumentation technique.
I give the book a 4-star rating, because i think there is something to be learned, witch is not given in other books on the subject. The la ...more
(Alternate European spelling: Aristoteles)
Aristotle (384–322 B.C.) 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 ...more