The Art of Dialectic Between Dialogue and Rhetoric: The Aristotelian Tradition Marta Spranzi

ISBN: 9789027218896

Published: June 22nd 2011

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239 pages


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The Art of Dialectic Between Dialogue and Rhetoric: The Aristotelian Tradition  by  Marta Spranzi

The Art of Dialectic Between Dialogue and Rhetoric: The Aristotelian Tradition by Marta Spranzi
June 22nd 2011 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 239 pages | ISBN: 9789027218896 | 7.45 Mb

This book reconstructs the tradition of dialectic from Aristotles Topics, its founding text, up to its renaissance in 16th century Italy, and focuses on the role of dialectic in the production of knowledge. Aristotle defines dialectic as aMoreThis book reconstructs the tradition of dialectic from Aristotles Topics, its founding text, up to its renaissance in 16th century Italy, and focuses on the role of dialectic in the production of knowledge.

Aristotle defines dialectic as a structured exchange of questions and answers and thus links it to dialogue and disputation, while Cicero develops a mildly skeptical version of dialectic, identifies it with reasoning in utramque partem and connects it closely to rhetoric. These two interpretations constitute the backbone of the living tradition of dialectic and are variously developed in the Renaissance against the Medieval background.

The book scrutinizes three separate contexts in which these developments occur: Rudolph Agricolas attempt to develop a new dialectic in close connection with rhetoric, Agostino Nifos thoroughly Aristotelian approach and its use of the newly translated commentaries of Alexander of Aphrodisias and Averroes, and Carlo Sigonios literary theory of the dialogue form, which is centered around Aristotles Topics.

Today, Aristotelian dialectic enjoys a new life within argumentation theory: the final chapter of the book briefly revisits these contemporary developments and draws some general epistemological conclusions linking the tradition of dialectic to a fallibilist view of knowledge.



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