Origins of Rhetorical Theory

This week we are going to familiarize ourselves with the western, ancient origins of Rhetorical Theory. As we move through our chapter readings and assigned media, we will begin to craft connections between what what Aristotle and the great Sophists have to do with argument today.

Particularly when we think of “making argument,” we should be considered what comes to mind. Conflict? Pro-Con? Winners and Losers? Compromise? Resolution? These are all ideas we will confront this week as we dive into the history of rhetorical theory and begin a framework of argument together!

Objectives

  • Discuss the classical origins of Rhetorical Theory
  • Identify the five canons of rhetoric
  • Classify the definition of argument

Readings

Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing 2e, Issue 1: Why Rhetoric p. 50-69

Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings 11e, Chapter 1: Argument: An Introduction p. 2-16

Classical Rhetoric 101: The Five Canons of Rhetoric – Invention (Links to an external site.)

https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/knowledge-of-men/classical-rhetoric-101-the-five-canons-of-rhetoric-invention/

Classical Rhetoric 101: The Five Canons of Rhetoric – Arrangement (Links to an external site.)

https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/knowledge-of-men/classical-rhetoric-101-the-five-canons-of-rhetoric-arrangement/

Classical Rhetoric 101: The Five Canons of Rhetoric – Style (Links to an external site.)

https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/knowledge-of-men/classical-rhetoric-101-the-five-canons-of-rhetoric-style/

Classical Rhetoric 101: The Five Canons of Rhetoric – Memory (Links to an external site.)

https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/knowledge-of-men/classical-rhetoric-101-the-five-canons-of-rhetoric-memory/

Classical Rhetoric 101: The Five Canons of Rhetoric – Delivery (Links to an external site.)

https://www.artofmanliness.com/character/knowledge-of-men/canon-of-delivery/

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