For more than two thousand years, Aristotle’s Art of Rhetoric has shaped thought on the theory and practice of the art of persuasive speech. Aristotle defends rhetoric as an art and a crucial tool for deliberative politics while also recognizing its capacity to be misused by unscrupulous politicians to mislead or illegitimately persuade others. A new translation of Aristotle’s treatise by Behrakis Professor in Hellenic Political Studies Robert C. Bartlett takes into account important alternatives in the manuscript and is fully annotated to explain historical, literary, and other allusions. Bartlett’s translation, Aristotle’s “Art of Rhetoric” (University of Chicago Press, 2019), also includes an interpretive essay. An expert in classical political philosophy, Bartlett also is the author of Sophistry and Political Philosophy: Protagoras’ Challenge to Socrates.
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