Christof Rapp

12Der Streit zwischen Rhetorik und Philosophie: Aristoteles

Abstract: In Aristotle’s lifetime there was a long-standing competition between rhetoric and philosophy. Compared to that of Plato, Aristotle’s attitude to rhetoric may seem more sympathetic and conciliatory; however, the style of rhetoric that was advocated by Aristotle was not the traditional one, but a rather an innovative one that was the result of groundbreaking reforms. For Aristotle, the reformed kind of rhetoric is essentially based on dialectic and is, thus, centered on proofs and arguments. Although this association of rhetoric and dialectic had already been suggested in Plato’s Phaedrus, dialectic was there treated as a means to acquiring knowledge about the ...

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