Review of Metaphysics 46 (1):63 - 95 (1992)

Amelie Rorty
Harvard University
IN PREPARING A HANDBOOK ON RHETORIC, Aristotle proceeds as he does for a discussion of any craft or practice. After distinguishing it from other closely related arts, he defines its proper aim: that of finding the means that can be used to persuade an audience of any subject whatever. Since the most effective exercise of any craft or faculty is conceptually connected to its fulfilling its norm-defined aims, his counsel is directed to guiding the master craftsman who is responsive to the larger issues that surround the exercise of his skill--a rhetorician speaking about important matters to those authorized to affect them. Aristotle's advice to the rhetorician imports the results of his philosophic investigations: the Rhetoric presupposes and is implicitly informed by Aristotle's logical works, by his philosophy of mind, and his theory of action; it is also strongly conjoined with his political and ethical theory. But while the rhetorician relies on these theories, he is not himself a philosopher, logician, statesman, or moralist.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 0034-6632
DOI revmetaph199246193
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,714
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Aristotle on the Virtues of Rhetoric.Amélie Rorty - 2011 - Review of Metaphysics 64 (4):715-733.
Gorgias' Defense: Plato and His Opponents on Rhetoric and the Good.Rachel Barney - 2010 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 48 (1):95-121.
Toward a Rhetoric of Anthropology.Paul Schollmeier - 2004 - Social Epistemology 18 (1):59 – 69.
The Political Irrelevance of Aristotle's "Rhetoric".Eugene Garver - 1996 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 29 (2):179 - 199.
A Note on Aristotle "Rhetoric" 1.3 1358b5-6.David C. Mirhady - 1995 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 28 (4):405 - 409.
A Double Anticipation in Aristotle's "Rhetoric".Dennis A. Rohatyn - 1969 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 2 (4):235 - 236.


Added to PP index

Total views
44 ( #248,102 of 2,462,640 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #449,387 of 2,462,640 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes