Tag Archive | Aristotle

Adversaries and Authorities

Purely uncritical moment: This was an amazing book. I appreciate how Lloyd enacts his comparison between Chinese and Greek science by addressing what are surface or “apparent” differences and then complicating that with details that may go against the common assumptions. It reminded me of the argument by Hall and Ames in Anticipating China, as […]

Kennedy’s Comparative Rhetoric

The basic function of rhetorical communication is defensive and conservative…the major function of rhetoric throughout most of human history in most of the world has been to preserve things as they are or to try to recover an idealized happier past” (Kennedy 216). While there are several of Kennedy’s claims that I could choose to […]

Problematics and Representation

“Rituals of speaking are politically constituted by power relations of domination, exploitation, and subordination. Who is speaking, who is spoken of, and who listens is a result, as well as an act, of political struggle (Alcoff 15). “A form of first problematic thinking, while recessive in the West, dominates classical Chinese culture. Likewise, the cultural […]

Memory and Delivery

The five canons of rhetoric, articulated for so many centuries, included the canons of memory and delivery along with invention, arrangement, and style. However, it is often noted that with the advent of written discourse and a move away from oral culture, memory and delivery have been largely ignored and no longer have a place […]

Trying to View the Past as Though it Were the Present in the Past

“Historicizing” works, thoughts, or ways of thinking/living from other times and places is useful, I think, but highly problematic. Though it is likely impossible to completely understand what it was like to actually live and be in those times, having wider and deeper contextual knowledge can give hints and insights about the realities that these […]

Isocrates – the “Good Sophist”

I read Isocrates as part of an epistemic constellation that includes Plato, Aristotle, and the commentaries and admonitions of all of those “bad Sophists” referred to by all three parties. Despite how much scholars want to recover the Sophists (Jarratt, Neel, etc.) it also seems worth noting that there must be some veracity to the […]

Rhetoric: Its Parts and Pieces

Aristotle’s Rhetoric attempts to classify, subdivide, and define the various parts of rhetoric, offering a systematic outline of what is included within this conceptual field.  Sections One and Two of Book I each begin with statements that are often recalled about Rhetoric via Aristotle: “Rhetoric is the counterpart of Dialectic” and ”Rhetoric may be defined […]