Ars topica : the classical technique of constructing arguments from Aristotle to Cicero

Author: Rubinelli, Sara
Title: Ars topica : the classical technique of constructing arguments from Aristotle to Cicero
Review/Collection: Argumentation library v. 15
Place edition: Dordrecht
Editor: Springer
Pages: xxii, 160
Keywords: Philologie - Filologia - Philology, Rhétorique - Retorica - Rhetorics, Stylistique et genres littéraires - Stilistica e generi letterari - Stylistics and literary genre
Description: Introduction by David S. Levene. Includes bibliographical references (p. 149-154) and indexes.
[Editor Abstract] Ars Topica is the first full-length study of the nature and development of topoi, the conceptual ancestors of modern argument schemes, between Aristotle and Cicero. Aristotle and Cicero configured topoi in a way that influenced the subsequent tradition. Their work on the topos-system grew out of an interest in creating a theory of argumentation which could stand between the rigour of formal logic and the emotive potential of rhetoric. This system went through a series of developments and transformations resulting from the interplay between the separate aims of gaining rhetorical effectiveness and of maintaining dialectical standards. Ars Topica presents a comprehensive treatment of Aristotle’s and Cicero’s methods of topoi and, by exploring their relationship, it illuminates an area of ancient rhetoric and logic which has been obscured for more than two thousand years. Through an interpretation which is philologically rooted in the historical context of topoi, the book lays the ground for evaluating the relevance of the classical approaches to modern research on arguments, and at the same time provides an introduction to Greek and Roman theory of argumentation focussed on its most important theoretical achievements.
Preface.- Introduction: Topoi in their argumentative context; David S. Levene.- Part I The creation of the method of the method of topoi and its characteristics.- 1. Aristotle’s Topics.- 2. Dialectical and rhetorical uses of topoi.- Part II Topoi and loci.- 3. Cicero’s use of locus in De Inventione.- 4. Cicero’s list of Aristotelian loci.- Summary.- References.- Index of Concepts.- Index of Quotations.
Author initials: Rubinelli 2009