Rhetoric And The Defense Of Truth And Justice Essay

854 Words Oct 20th, 2016 4 Pages
All throughout history, rhetoric was seen as a way to persuade someone but unlike the current times, it was given a more negative connotation. Plato said that rhetoric was "the art of winning the soul by discourse" and even went as far to say it was “foul” and “ugly” in Gorgias. Aristotle defined rhetoric as "the faculty of discovering in any particular case all of the available means of persuasion” and like most things Aristotle studied, he treated it like science even though it is not exactly one. Unlike Plato, Aristotle thought it was important to study because it assists in the defense of truth and justice, it can be used to persuade people who aren’t as intellectual and he thinks that it makes sure both sides of an argument are considered. So now that we know how rhetoric was thought of a long time ago, how is it treated currently? Rhetoric functions pretty much everywhere and most people do not even realize that they are using it; its used when we are arguing with friends, in most of the media and even on social media sites. Rhetoric has had many definitions over time but they all mean pretty much the same thing, so what exactly is rhetoric? To me, rhetoric is basically the use of communication to successfully get a point across to someone. To do that an argument should be made. To start the argument, a writer should start by taking a stand on what they are arguing about by asking a question. The answer to this question is followed up by an answer which becomes the…

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