The Art of Dialectic between Dialogue and Rhetoric

The Aristotelian Tradition

| University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and CERSES (CNRS, University of Paris Descartes)
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This book reconstructs the tradition of dialectic from Aristotle's Topics, its founding text, up to its "renaissance" in 16th century Italy, and focuses on the role of dialectic in the production of knowledge. Aristotle defines dialectic as a structured exchange of questions and answers and thus links it to dialogue and disputation, while Cicero develops a mildly skeptical version of dialectic, identifies it with reasoning in utramque partem and connects it closely to rhetoric. These two interpretations constitute the backbone of the living tradition of dialectic and are variously developed in the Renaissance against the Medieval background. The book scrutinizes three separate contexts in which these developments occur:

Rudolph Agricola's attempt to develop a new dialectic in close connection with rhetoric, Agostino Nifo's thoroughly Aristotelian approach and its use of the newly translated commentaries of Alexander of Aphrodisias and Averroes, and Carlo Sigonio's literary theory of the dialogue form, which is centered around Aristotle's Topics.

Today, Aristotelian dialectic enjoys a new life within argumentation theory: the final chapter of the book briefly revisits these contemporary developments and draws some general epistemological conclusions linking the tradition of dialectic to a fallibilist view of knowledge.
[Controversies, 9]  2011.  xii, 239 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
xi–xii
Introduction: Dialectic and the notion of tradition
1–10
1. Aristotle and the art of dialectic
11–38
2. Dialectic in the Latin world: Cicero, Boethius and the scholastics
39–58
3. The revival of dialectic in the Renaissance: An introduction
59–64
4. The new humanist dialectic and rhetoric: Rudolph Agricola on invention and probability
65–98
5. The Topics and Renaissance Aristotelianism: Agostino Nifo’s commentary and his sources
99–132
6. Dialectic and dialogue: Carlo Sigonio and the “road to truth”
133–160
7. Rhetoric, dialectic and epistemology in contemporary argumentation theory
161–172
Conclusion: The epistemological value of Aristotelian dialectic
173–178
Endnotes
179–214
References
215–230
Index
231–???
Name index
231–236
Subject index
237–239
The Art of Dialectic between Dialogue and Rhetoric is full of insightful textual analysis and penetrating philosophical discussion.

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BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN015000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Rhetoric
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