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Passions and Persuasion in Aristotle’s Rhetoric, written by Jamie Dow

In: Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek and Roman Political Thought
Author: Paula Gottlieb1
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Passions and Persuasion in Aristotle’s Rhetoric. Oxford Aristotle Studies. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. ix + 248 pp. $66.00. isbn 9780198716266 (hbk).

Considering the rhetorical tactics of politicians both ancient and modern, one might wonder if there is such a thing as a legitimate expertise of rhetoric. In his book Passions and Persuasion in Aristotle’s Rhetoric, Dow argues that Aristotle presents such an expertise (technē) of rhetoric, one that is ethically neutral but that upholds certain epistemic standards. Dow’s arguments, and the issues he raises, are therefore as relevant today as

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