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Rereading Aristotle's Rhetoric

Rereading Aristotle's Rhetoric

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Edited by Alan G. Gross and Arthur E. Walzer


Paperback (Other formats: E-book)
256 pages, 6 x 9


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In this collection edited by Alan G. Gross and Arthur E. Walzer, scholars in communication, rhetoric and composition, and philosophy seek to “reread” Aristotle’s Rhetoric from a purely rhetorical perspective. So important do these contributors find the Rhetoric, in fact, that a core tenet in this book is that “all subsequent rhetorical theory is but a series of responses to issues raised by the central work.”

The essays reflect on questions basic to rhetoric as a humanistic discipline. Some explore the ways in which the Rhetoric explicates the nature of the art of rhetoric, noting that on this issue, the tensions within the Rhetoric often provide a direct passageway into our own conflicts.


Alan G. Gross is a professor of rhetoric at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. He is the author of The Rhetoric of Science and Starring the Text: The Place of Rhetoric in Science Studies. He is co-editor of Rhetorical Hermeneutics: Invention and Interpretation in the Age of Science and The Scientific Literature: A Guided Tour.

Arthur E. Walzer is a professor in writing studies at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of George Campbell: Rhetoric in the Age of Enlightenment and co-editor of The Viability of the Rhetorical Tradition.


“[These essays are]notable for their command of the relevant issues, problems, and possibilities attending Aristotelian scholarship. [Their] chief strength rests in the multiple perspectives and voices brought to bear on a single text; and it is clear not only that the text can assume such weight, but that these rereadings in turn help enrich and complicate our understanding of the Rhetoric. . . . [T]he book makes a solid claim to staking out new territory for the study of Aristotle.”—Stephen Browne, author of Edmund Burke and the Discourse of Virtue