Argumentation Library

Ars Topica

The Classical Technique of Constructing Arguments from Aristotle to Cicero

Authors: Rubinelli, Sara

  • Provides answers to much discussed issues about Cicero’s and Aristotle’s work on topoi
  • Explores on a philological/conceptual basis the relationship between Aristotle’s and Cicero’s work on topoi
  • Offers a historical perspective on topoi, with attention paid to its utility for modern argumentation theory
  • The first monograph to comprehensively focus on the treatment of topoi by both Aristotle and Cicero and to make a detailed comparison between the two authors
  • A must-read for anyone working on ancient logic and ancient argumentation theory
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About this book

Ars Topica is the first full-length study of the nature and development of topoi, the conceptual ancestors of modern argument schemes, between Aristotle and Cicero.

Aristotle and Cicero configured topoi in a way that influenced the subsequent tradition. Their work on the topos-system grew out of an interest in creating a theory of argumentation which could stand between the rigour of formal logic and the emotive potential of rhetoric. This system went through a series of developments and transformations resulting from the interplay between the separate aims of gaining rhetorical effectiveness and of maintaining dialectical standards.

Ars Topica presents a comprehensive treatment of Aristotle’s and Cicero’s methods of topoi and, by exploring their relationship, it illuminates an area of ancient rhetoric and logic which has been obscured for more than two thousand years.

Through an interpretation which is philologically rooted in the historical context of topoi, the book lays the ground for evaluating the relevance of the classical approaches to modern research on arguments, and at the same time provides an introduction to Greek and Roman theory of argumentation focussed on its most important theoretical achievements.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Aristotle’s Topics

    Rubinelli, Sara

    Pages 3-42

  • Dialectical and Rhetorical Uses of Topoi

    Rubinelli, Sara

    Pages 43-90

  • Cicero’s Use of Locus in De Inventione

    Rubinelli, Sara

    Pages 93-109

  • Cicero’s List of Aristotelian Loci

    Rubinelli, Sara

    Pages 111-148

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-9549-8
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  • Included format: PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-9548-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-90-481-8153-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ars Topica
Book Subtitle
The Classical Technique of Constructing Arguments from Aristotle to Cicero
Authors
Series Title
Argumentation Library
Series Volume
15
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9549-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9549-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9548-1
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8153-7
Series ISSN
1566-7650
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 160
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