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On Rhetoric: A Theory of Civic Discourse Summary
Aristotle

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Rhetoric is defined as "the faculty of observe in any given case the means of persuasion" (24) and, therefore, is used by all arts and sciences in order to persuade audiences of some specific point. Rhetoric is used in three specific fields: politics, the legal system, and ceremonially. Each of these fields makes different demands upon the rhetorician's arguments and style.

Rhetoric is neither an art nor a science, which means that it does not have its own particular subject of study. Rather, it is used by all other arts—like medicine, architecture, and so on—in order to convincingly present conclusions. Rhetoric, unlike dialectic or logic, is not primarily concerned with speaking the truth, but with providing a convincing argument. Those who use rhetoric for dishonest purposes, therefore, are still considered rhetoricians, while a person who attempts to misuse logic to make his arguments is not...

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