Argumentation Library

Heuristic Strategies in the Speeches of Cicero

Authors: Tahin, Gabor

  • Presents a new analytical method for the better understanding of reasoning in classical oratory
  • Includes in-depth analysis of selected forensic speeches from Ciceronian oratory
  • Provides complex argumentative strategies that may be used in contemporary argumentation and rhetoric
  • Offers a thorough study of probabilistic reasoning in classical Roman legal arguments
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About this book

This book introduces a new form of argumentative analysis: rhetorical heuremes. The method applies the concepts of heuristic thinking, probability, and contingency in order to develop a better understanding of complex arguments in classical oratory. A new theory is required because Greek and Roman rhetoric cannot provide detailed answers to problems of strategic argumentation in the analysis of speeches. Building on scholarship in Ciceronian oratory, this book moves beyond the extant terminology and employs a concept of heuristic reasoning derived from the psychology of decision making and mathematical problem solving. The author analyses selected passages from Cicero’s forensic speeches where arguments of probability are deployed, and shows that the Sophistic concept of probability can link ancient rhetoric and modern theories of argumentation. Six groups of heuremes are identified, each of which represents a form of probabilistic reasoning by which the orator plays upon the perception of the jurors.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Tahin, Gábor

    Pages 1-14

  • Cicero and Heuristic Arguments

    Tahin, Gábor

    Pages 15-38

  • The Origins of Heuristic Argumentation: Probabilistic Arguments in Ancient Rhetoric

    Tahin, Gábor

    Pages 39-49

  • Cicero’s Models: Heuristic Arguments in the Greek Orators

    Tahin, Gábor

    Pages 51-73

  • Pro Flacco

    Tahin, Gábor

    Pages 75-86

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eBook $99.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-01798-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 13, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-34769-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Heuristic Strategies in the Speeches of Cicero
Authors
Series Title
Argumentation Library
Series Volume
23
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-01799-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-01799-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-01798-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34769-1
Series ISSN
1566-7650
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 193
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