Passions and Persuasion in Aristotle's Rhetoric

2015.11.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jamie Dow, Passions and Persuasion in Aristotle's Rhetoric, Oxford University Press, 2015, 248pp., $66.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.11.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jamie Dow, Passions and Persuasion in Aristotle's Rhetoric, Oxford University Press, 2015, 248pp., $66.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198716266. Reviewed by Eugene Garver, Saint John’s University Jamie Dow has produced a clearly written account of a central issue in Aristotle's Rhetoric, and has done so in a way that makes it almost impossible for the reader to get lost. While much of the material was previously published, the seams don't show. The Introduction begins by presenting the "Principal Claims of the Book." "The principal claim defended in this book is that, for Aristotle in the Rhetoric, arousing the passions of others can amount to giving them proper grounds for conviction, and hence a skill in doing so is properly part of an expertise in rhetoric" (p. 1). Much turns on making sense of the proper grounds of conviction. "Aristotle has a consistent view of rhetoric: as an expertise in producing 'proofs'... . . .

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