History of Rhetoric: From the Greeks to Today
Original title: Histoire de la Rhétorique: Des Grecs à nos jours
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This edited work, under the direction of Michel Meyer, is a history of rhetoric from antiquity to modern times. It could have been done from a linguistic, literary, political or even religious perspecitve. Indeed, all these disciplines mingle with one another according to each era, with a rationality that went unnoticed up to now, but that the authors of this book are constantly emphasizing. What exactly is rhetoric? It is the way people communicate and confront debate, and how they try to please or convince each other. Sometimes characterized as an art of sycophantic intrigue, sometimes raised to the rank of a philosophical method useful to the social debate, rhetoric became a major theoretical issue for contemporary concerns.
Literary rhetoric, argumentation, propaganda, advertising, law or religion — nothing has been left out of this broad panorama. From Cicero to hermeneutics, from Plato to Perelman‘s New Rhetoric, from Quintilian to Port-Royal, from Aristotle to problematology, these great approaches are spread out in an articulate and systematic way to make a lasting impression on today‘s rhetoric.