Aristotle Rhetorical Analysis

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Aristotle is a classical philosopher who was Plato’s student and has written on various topics such as metaphysics, Politics, rhetoric, leadership, communication and management. His works is dated in the ancient Greek city states times and is very applicable in today’s world. In his interrogation of communication, leadership and management and their definitions Aristotle core arguments focus on human nature, constitutions, rulers and subjects, perfectionism and rhetoric. This paper looks at Aristotle’s argument on communication, leadership and management in the first part and then compare and contrast his arguments with various scholars in the second part and the last part will conclude the paper. Aristotle looked at and defined communication as Rhetoric (Griffin 2012 PP. 289-298) rhetoric is defined as the art of discovering ways truth seem more probable to an audience that is not completely convinced through persuasion. He argued rhetoric is a counterpart of an offshoot of dialectic (one on one discussion) in search for the truth, answer general philosophical questions certainty, whilst rhetoric is one person addressing many, trying to demonstrate truth that’s already been found, or addressing specific practical question with probability. This skill according to Aristotle is vital in leadership, management as argued by sophists in the early Greek civilization who were travelling speech teachers in Athens training lawyers and politicians oratorical devices. Rhetoric is useful firstly because without rhetoric the truth can be easily be defeated in a debate for true knowledge alone may not be enough to persuade certain audiences who rely on unconstrasted opinion and feeling. Secondly rhetoric helps the speaker understand the real... ... middle of paper ... .... CONCLUSION In conclusion defining and explaining leadership, communication and management its theories and controversies is a monumental task but Aristotle has given insight on key issues such as human nature, ideal constitution, rulers and subjects, ethics, virtues, rhetoric and factions. In as such much Aristotle has tried to explain it, but the need to search for answers continues, and the questions continue to change too and in the process of describing the controversies and theories creates a basis for further examination and discovery. Aristotle arguments agree/disagree with some of the current theories and arguments today, but he would probably be faced with the need to reexamine some of his arguments and thinking on leadership, communication and management because research has really developed and revealed a lot of new and useful information in this field.
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