Rhetoric And Philosophy

  • Chaïm Perelman
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 140)


Classical rhetoric, the art of speaking well — that is, the art of speaking (or writing) persuasively — was concerned to study the discursive ways of acting upon an audience, with a view to winning or increasing its adherence to the theses that were presented to it for its endorsement.


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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chaïm Perelman
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  1. 1.University of BrusselsBelgium

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