Logic and Rhetoric

  • Ch. Perelman
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 149)


In the last fifty years we have seen an enlargement of the scope of logic from syntax to semantics and pragmatics. But the question remains: How do we go from logic to rhetoric? In other words, is there a relationship between the study of formal systems and that of style and figures of speech?


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  1. Ch. Perelman and L. Olbrechts-Tyteca, The New Rhetoric: A Treatise on Argumentation, University of Notre-Dame Press, 1969 (French edition 1958 ).Google Scholar
  2. Of. Ch. Perelman, ‘Philosophy, Rhetoric, Commonplaces’, in The New Rhetoric and the Humanities, D. Reidel, Dordrecht, Holland, 1979, pp. 52–61.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ch. Perelman
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  1. 1.University of BrusselsBelgium

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