Phaedrus Themes

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The Art of Rhetoric

The art of rhetoric is based on the knowledge of human nature. Through the analysis of human nature arguments formed render conviction in the same way that healing can provide treatment upon the examination of the condition. Only when the conviction reaches the soul it can be effective.

Every speech needs a different approach as it is arranged appropriately to the nature of the soul. To achieve that, speeches employ different styles that may be concise, pitiful, or terrible. Particular styles are used in certain moments being more or less timely.

In courts rhetoric deals more with probability than with truth. What is believed is more important there than the truth. Probability should be kept throughout such speech to achieve its intended effect. It is due to its similarity to truth that probability can be successful.

All types of speaking incorporate rhetoric that has to...

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