The Rhetoric of Blair, Campbell, and Whately

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SIU Press, 1968 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 399 pages
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Hugh Blair, George Campbell, and Richard Whately, whose works were first published in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, constituted the great triumvirate of British Rhetoricians. For 20 years, earlier printings of this book, which contains substantial excerpts comprising the most significant portions of their writings, have been widely used as textbooks in history-of-rhetoric courses. An increasing interest in rhetoric at the college level has created a renewed demand for reprints of such classic primary texts.

The Preface places the three rhetoricians within the context of the rhetorical tradition, which began in 5th-century BCE Greece. The bibliographies have been updated to include 20th-century scholarly work on Blair, Campbell, and Whately, and on the 18th- and 19th-century rhetorical movement. Biographical sketches of Blair, Campbell, and Whately are also provided.

 

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Contents

Preface
1
General Bibliography
18
Bibliography
26
Taste
37
CriticismGeniusPleasures of TasteSublimity
47
The Sublime in Writing
57
StylePerspicuity and Precision
66
Origin and Nature of Figurative Language
73
Of the different sources of Evidence and the different
174
Of the Nature and Use of the scholastic art
197
Of the Consideration which the Speaker ought to have
205
Of the Consideration which the Speaker ought to have
223
Of the cause of that pleasure which we receive from
238
The Foundations and Essential
260
RICHARD WHATELY
273
Introduction
279

Directions for Forming a Style
84
Different Kinds of Public SpeakingEloquence
98
Conduct of a Discourse in All Its PartsIntroduc
106
Conduct of a DiscourseThe Argumentative Part
117
Means of Improving in Eloquence
128
GEORGE CAMPBELL 39
139
The Nature and Foundations
145
The Doctrine of the preceding Chapter defended
167
Of the Invention Arrangement
296
Of the various use and order of the several kinds
340
Of Elocution
374
Artificial and Natural Methods Compared
380
Considerations arising from the Differences between
388
Practical deductions from the foregoing views
396
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About the author (1968)

James L. Golden, Professor Emeritus of Communication at Ohio State University, served as Chair of the Department from 1975 through 1983. Currently he is Visiting Professor of Communication Studies at Emerson College. Among the books he has co-authored are The Rhetoric of Black Americans (1971), Practical Reasoning in Human Affairs (1986), and The Rhetoric of Western Thought, 4th ed. (1989).

Edward P. J. Corbett, Professor of English at Ohio State University, is author or editor of 14 books, including Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student, 3rd ed. (1990), The Little English Handbook, 5th ed. (1987), and Selected Essays of Edward P. J. Corbett (1989). In 1986, he received both the Ohio State Distinguished Scholar Award and the NCTE Distinguished Service Award and in 1989 was named Rhetorician of the Year at the Young Rhetoricians’ Conference.

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