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Ars Topica

The Classical Technique of Constructing Arguments from Aristotle to Cicero

Ars Topica by Sara Rubinelli
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"Ars Topica" is the first full-length study of the nature and development of topoi, the conceptual ancestors of modern argument schemes, between Aristotle and Cicero. Aristotle and Cicero configured topoi in a way that influenced the subsequent tradition. Their work on the topos-system grew out of an interest in creating a theory of argumentation which could stand between the rigour of formal logic and the emotive potential of rhetoric. This system went through a series of developments and transformations resulting from the interplay between the separate aims of gaining rhetorical effectiveness and of maintaining dialectical standards."Ars Topica" presents a comprehensive treatment of Aristotle's and Cicero's methods of topoi and, by exploring their relationship, it illuminates an area of ancient rhetoric and logic which has been obscured for more than two thousand years.
Springer; April 2009
179 pages; ISBN 9781402095498
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Title: Ars Topica
Author: Sara Rubinelli
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