9780199651368

Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction

  • ISBN 13:

    9780199651368

  • ISBN 10:

    0199651361

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 05/08/2013
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

Rhetoric is often seen as a synonym for shallow, deceptive language, and therefore as something negative. But if we view rhetoric in more neutral terms, as the 'art of persuasion', it is clear that we are all forced to engage with it at some level, if only because we are constantly exposed to the rhetoric of others. In thisVery Short Introduction, Richard Toye explores the purpose of rhetoric. Rather than presenting a defence of it, he considers it as the foundation-stone of civil society, and an essential part of any democratic process. Using wide-ranging examples from Ancient Greece, medieval Islamic preaching, and modern cinema, Toye considers why we should all have an appreciation of the art of rhetoric.

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