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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2008

E 387R • Classical Rhetoric and Theorizing Argument

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35475 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Course Description

This course will consider a range of classical theories of argumentation. Beginning with the sophists, we will move through Aristotle, Plato, Cicero, and, if there is time, end with Augustine. We will pair the classical readings with more recent theorists of argumentation--such as Isocrates with Wayne Booth, Aristotle with Stephen Toulmin and Chaim Perelman, Plato with Hans Van Eemeren and Jurgen Habermas, Cicero with Hannah Arendt. We will pursue such questions as: what are the consequences of various constructions of "the political"? what are ways of balancing the tensions between inclusion and criticism? and, perhaps most important, what is "deliberation"?


Proposed Readings:

Thucydides, Peloponnesian Wars

Isocrates (selections)

Plato, Gorgias

_____, Phaedrus

Aristotle, Rhetoric

_____, Nicomachean Ethics

_____, Politics

Cicero, De inventione

Quintlian (selections)

Augustine, De doctrina

Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition

Wayne Booth, Modern Dogma and the Rhetoric of Assent

Jurgen Habermas, (selections)

Chaim Perelman, Realm of Rhetoric

Stephen Toulmin, Abuse of Casuistry

Hans van Eemeren and Rob Grootendorst, Fundamentals of Argumentation Theory


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