Rhetoric & Dialectic in the Time of Galileo

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CUA Press, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 438 pages
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This book examines the teaching and practice of the twin arts of argumentation--rhetoric and dialectic--in the time of Galileo. Galileo was an ardent controversialist on behalf of his astronomical theories, yet many today are unacquainted with the kinds of argument that became a focal point in his famous trial. In this insightful work, Jean Dietz Moss and William A. Wallace combine their vast knowledge of rhetoric, history, and philosophy to explain the background of the dispute between science and religion. The authors present an engaging discussion of the prevailing modes of rhetorical and scientific arguments in Northern Italy during the Renaissance. They display primary texts on the arts of rhetoric and dialectic by authors whose thought was known to Galileo. Six sets of translations from the published works of two scholars, Ludovico Carbone and Antonio Riccobono, make up the major part of the book. The works examined are Carbone's Introduction to Logic, Table of Rhetoric of Cyprian Soarez, Art of Speaking, On Oratorical and Dialectical Invention, and The Divine Orator, and Riccobono's Aristotle's Art of Rhetoric. Never before have these works been available in English. Moss and Wallace here offer an original and important contribution to the history of rhetoric. The book will be welcomed by scholars in the field, as well as by those interested in the Renaissance, philosophy, and the history of science.
  

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Contents

Galileo and Argumentation
3
Traditional Rhetoric and Dialectic
12
Rhetoric and Dialectic Reappraised
22
Introduction
46
Translated Excerpts
58
Topics of persons before and at birth
92
Goods or virtues given supernaturally by God
104
Moral and cognitive virtues their nature and division
113
its nature and causes
182
its nature and causes j
184
their natures causes and effects
186
Ludovico Carbones Art of Speaking
187
its nature causes and effects
191
its nature causes and effects
194
its nature causes and effects
196
its nature causes and effects
202

Introduction
115
Prudence its divisions and contraries
116
Justice its divisions and contraries
118
Courage its divisions and contraries
124
Temperance its divisions and contraries
127
Translation of Carbones Tables of Soarezs Rhetoric entire
130
Other topics of persons taken from their kind of life their deeds and goods of body and fortune 133
133
Topics from the true and their division
141
Topics from the honorable good and their division
147
Topics from useful and pleasurable goods and their division
155
Topics from the common good and from possible and readily accessible evil
162
The causes of human actions
166
Human affections in general
172
its nature causes and effects
178
its nature causes and effects
205
Those affected by anger and gentleness
211
Antonio Riccobono on Aristotles Rhetoric
215
Mercy and favor
219
Indignation envy and jealousy
223
Characters of different ages
228
its nature those injuring and those injured
237
Introduction Table of Contents and Preface
301
Translation of Book One entire
310
Translation of Excerpts from Books Three and Five
350
Ludovico Carbones On Divine Rhetoric
375
Bibliography
425
Index of Names
433
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Jean Dietz Moss is Professor Emerita of English at The Catholic University of America. She is the author of numerous books and articles including Novelties in the Heavens and Rhetoric and Praxis.

Ed.D., Wayne State University

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