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Passions and Persuasion in Aristotle's Rhetoric

Jamie Dow


The principal claim is that for Aristotle arousing the passions of others can amount to giving them proper grounds for conviction. Hence a skill in doing so is properly part of rhetorical expertise. This rests on a normative view of rhetoric and its role in the state, and on a particular view of the cognitions involved in the passions. For Aristotle, the book argues, rhetoric is an expertise in persuasion exercised solely in the provision of “proofs” (pisteis) or proper grounds for conviction. He defends this controversial view, in the face of alternatives championed by Gorgias and Thrasymach ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, rhetoric, passions, emotions, proofs, Plato, Gorgias, Thrasymachus, persuasion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198716266
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716266.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jamie Dow, author
University of Leeds