The Rhetorical Aristotle

On this page are gathered notes and links to texts and sources by and about Aristotle and his rhetoric.

About the Rhetorical Aristotle

Aristotle was the student of Plato and the teacher of Alexander of Macedon. Aristotle repositioned rhetoric as "a counterpart of dialectic", by defining it as the process of discovery of the available means of persuasion in regard to any subject. Like dialectic its subject matter is general; unlike dialectic which moves to refine and reduce belief in order to produce knowledge; rhetoric multiplies arguments in order to produce more belief.


The Enthymeme
Ethos in Aristotle and Beyond

Outlines of Aristotle's Rhetoric.

Book One
Book Two
Book Three

E-Texts and Other Links

Aristotle's Rhetoric on Perseus
Rapp, Christof, "Aristotle's Rhetoric", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2010 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = [].
Rhetoric_(Aristotle). Wikipedia.

Modern English Translations (by translator)

Aristotle. The Rhetoric of Aristotle: An Expanded Translation with Supplementary Examples for Students of Composition and Public Speaking. Trans. Lane Cooper. D. Appleton and company, London;New York;, 1932.

Aristotle. The Rhetoric of Aristotle. Trans. Edward M. Cope and John E. Sandys Dubuque, IA: W. C. Brown, 1966.

Aristotle. The Art of Rhetoric. Trans. John Henry Freese. Loeb Classical Library. Harvard University Press / William Heinemann, Cambridge, MA / London, 1926.

Aristotle. On Rhetoric: A Theory of Civic Discourse. Trans. George A. Kennedy. Oxford University Press, New York, 2007.

Aristotle. Rhetoric. Trans. Joe Sachs. with Plato's Gorgias. Focus, Newburyport, MA, 2009.


Aristotle: General Sources in Rhetoric
Aristotle's Rhetoric: Commentaries and Textual Criticism
Ethos, Pathos, Voice Persona

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