Rhetoric, Poetics and Logic

  • by Aristotle
  • Narrated by Frederick Davidson
  • 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Aristotle's contribution to the sum of wisdom dominates all our philosophy and even provides direction for much of our science. And all effective debaters, whether they know it or not, employ Aristotle's 3 basic principles of effective argument that form the spine of Rhetoric: "ethos," the impact of the speaker's character upon the audience; "pathos," the arousing of the emotions; and "logos," the advancement of pertinent arguments. In Poetics, Aristotle observes several aspects of epic poetry, lyric poetry, and comedy, and he draws a dramatic distinction between poetry and history. He maintains that poetry has greater philosophical value because it deals with universals, while history states particular facts. Aristotle's body of work that has come to be identified as Logic includes: classification into 10 categories; proposition; syllogism; and inductive and deductive reasoning.

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Good Content, Bad Reader

The reader just doesn't do the content justice, it feels when you're listening to it that you are in the middle of a stuffy 1920's English classroom with a teacher droning on about Rhetoric. I love the works of Aristotle and a good reader could have made this bearable.
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- David

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Aristotle is one of the most influential thinkers in history, yet most audible selections center almost entirely on three of his works: Ethics, Politics and Poetics. That is why this selection is unique in that it offers, besides the Poetics, two works that are rarely included in audible works by Aristotle: Rhetoric and Logic. The production values of this recording are excellent, and Frederick Davidson's rendition is clear, concise and energetic. Still, I must add a caveat emptor. Although both the Rhetoric and the Poetics are unabridged, the Logic (Organon) includes only the Posterior Analytics in its entirety, and his other five works of the Logic: Categories, On Interpretation, Prior Analytics, Topics and On Sophistical Refutations are treated with only very brief summaries. I was tempted to subtract one star for this stretching of the truth of the term unabridged, but I was so happy that this trio of works was even available I resisted that temptation. I hope that the selection of Aristotle's works in audible increases over time, and that in the future we can look forward to listening to other important works such as Metaphysics, On the Soul and Physics, as well as the remaining five unrecorded works of the Logic.

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- Paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-05-1999
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.