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Rhetoric and Culture considered from the Viewpoint of the Orator.

Franz-Hubert Robling


Rhetorical culture finds its expression in the way how the art of rhetoric is applied by the orator - that is the basic assumption of this lecture. It will be demonstrated in four aspects from classical rhetoric: rhetorical subjectivity, cultivation, anthropology and ethics. All these aspects belong together; as the theory of the orator shows. In the end of the essay a short passage from G. Forster's "A Voyage Round the World" will give evidence, how the application of classical rhetorical theory proves also the rhetorical art to be dependend on social, historical and just cultural standards, which can only be found out in dialogical questioning of the relating circumstances.



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