Rhetoric : a very short introduction
Part of the Very Short Introductions series
Rhetoric is often seen as a synonym for shallow, deceptive language, and therefore as something negative.
But if we view rhetoric in more neutral terms, as the 'art of persuasion', it is clear that we are all forced to engage with it at some level, if only because we are constantly exposed to the rhetoric of others.
In this Very Short Introduction, Richard Toye explores the purpose of rhetoric.
Rather than presenting a defence of it, he considers it as the foundation-stone of civil society, and an essential part of any democratic process.
Using wide-ranging examples from Ancient Greece, medieval Islamic preaching, and modern cinema, Toye considers why we should all have an appreciation of the art of rhetoric. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.
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