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Rediscovering Rhetoric: Law, Language, and the Practice of Persuasion
Justin T. Gleeson
Publication Date :
1 Jan 2008
Rhetoric is ubiquitous in modern discourse: from arguments delivered in the High Court, to advertisements disseminated in the high street. For the legal and political advocate, persuasion is also a professional technique that must be perfected properly to practise each art. In contrast with the classical era and the middle ages, in which grammar, rhetoric and dialectic were basic features of all education, modern curricula almost entirely neglects any theoretical study of the methods of rhetoric. Rediscovering Rhetoric reintroduces to modern practitioners and students a grasp of the speeches, writings and methodologies of the great classical scholars of rhetoric.