Aristotle, Art of Rhetoric

LCL 193: xxiv-xxv

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Page references are to the edition of Aristotle’s complete works by Immanuel Bekker (Berlin 1831), used by scholars to refer to Aristotle’s works.

BOOK I General Introduction (chs. 1–3)
1Rhetoric as an art of argument similar to dialectic; criticism of existing manuals; usefulness of rhetoric (1354a1–55b25)
2Rhetoric defined as “the faculty of considering what may be persuasive in reference to any subject whatever”; means of persuasion that belong to the art (argument, character, emotion) and those that do not belong to the art (laws, witnesses, etc.); types of rhetorical argument (enthymemes, paradigms, signs) and their premises (1355b26–58a35)
3The three kinds of rhetoric:
deliberative, concerned with what is good and expedient or harmful (chs. 4–8)
forensic, concerned with what is just or unjust (chs. 10–15)
epideictic, concerned with what is noble or disgraceful (ch. 9) (1358a36–59a29)