Rediscovering Rhetoric

Rediscovering Rhetoric : Law, Language, and the Practice of Persuasion

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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 more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • Federation Press
  • Annandale, NSW, Australia
  • English
  • 186287705X
  • 9781862877054
  • 582,959

Table of contents

Foreword by John O Ward Acknowledgements List of contributors Introduction The nedessity of argument: Recovering a lost tradition Justin T Gleeson and Ruth CA Higgins Part 1 - Law and Language in the Greco-Roman Tradition "The empty eloquence of fools": Rhetoric in Classical Greece Ruth C A Higgins Cicero's De Oratore, Pro Milone and the Philippics: Character, Argument and Emotion Justin T Gleeson Quintilian and the Public Attainment of Justice Douglas Hassall Hermogenes of Tarsus: Rhetorical Bridge from the Ancient World to the Modern The Honourable Justice Arthur R Emmett Part 2 - The Practice of Persuasion The Rise (and Fall?) of the Barrister Class The Honourable Michael H McHugh AC, QC Rhetoric in Law - A Case for Optimism The Honourable Justice Michael D Kirby AC, CMG Aspects of Rhetoric in Forensic Advocacy Over the Past 50 years The Honourable Justice J D Heydon AC Part 3 - The Politics of Persuasion The Political Rhetoric of American Aspiration Susan Thomas 20th-Century Political Rhetoric: Churchill, Menzies and Whitlam Graham Freudenberg AM Annotated Bibliography for Chapters in Part 1 Table of Cases Indexshow more

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Rediscovering Rhetoric is a book about advocacy, but not one in the ordinary mould. As befits a collection of essays, the topic is approached from several angles. The book moves from Greco-Roman tradition to modern politics via adversarial court proceedings in the modern era. It contains its fair share of "straight talk" - especially from the ranks of judges of the High Court of Australia, past and present - but an excessively linear path to learning is eschewed. ... The scope and breadth of Rediscovering Rhetoric could have justified subtitles other than that selected. One might have been What We Say, We Are. The editors have assembled an insightful collection of essays which tells us much of the current state of the Australian legal profession as well as the art of advocacy. ... The breadth of Rediscovering Rhetoric's range ensure that there is grist for every mill. The editors are to be commended, as is the New South Wales Bar Association for promoting the seminars which gave birth to the essays. - Australian Bar Review, Summer Edition, December 2008show more

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