Introduction to Rhetoric
EN 1007 – Fall 2009 – Carol Poster
Lecture 10 – Nov 30
- Influencing the Will
- Influence of Aristotle
o Aristotle’s rhetoric
- Scope of rhetoric
o Like Aristotle, Whately was very concerned with the scope of rhetoric.
o What rhetoric does?
- Organon – tools – techne
o Tools for thinking and writing.
o Not something with an independent subject.
o Enables you to learn a skill (techne) for writing about other subjects.
- Modest – expression and persuasion.
o Whately was concerned with thinking of rhetoric as the Earth’s most
o Whately considered rhetoric the art of expression and persuasion.
o Not some overarching way of thinking or discovering the truth.
- Discovery – expression
o Very much emphasized that they are different.