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What are we to call you Gorgias and what is your art asks Socrates I am a rhetorician and a teacher of rhetoricians Rhetoric is my art says Gorgias in Platos Gorgias According to Aristotle Rhetoric is an art but Aristotles teacher Plato merely thinks it to be flattery Aristotle defines Rhetoric as the faculty of observing in any given case all available means of persuasionAristotle 6 Rhetoric is also an art because the rhetorician can only use the modes of persuasion in their best form if he has the conscious use of skill and creativity Finally rhetoric is an art because it takes skill creativity and the faculty of observing in any given caseAccording to Aristotle Rhetoric is an art if so then art must be defined Merriam Websters dictionary defines art as the conscious use of skill and creative imagination So Aristotles defines Rhetoric with using all available means a persuasion but note that he does not mean the rhetorician can convince under all circumstances but see the available means in every given case Plato says that Rhetoric seems to me to be a pursuit that is not a matter of art but showing a shrewd gallant spirit which has a natural bent for clever dealing with mankind and I sum up its substance in the name flatteryPlato Gorgias Platos word for rhetoric is flattery rhetoric may flatter some people but persuasion is what is at the coreThe Rhetorician can only use the modes of persuasion logos ethos and pathos in their best form if he has the conscious use of skill and creativity First is Logos the appeal to reason I
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