The stoic temper in belletristic rhetoric

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Although belletristic rhetoric constitutes a response to concerns that are unique to the eighteenth century, its fundamental principles carry forward Stoic views concerning the relationships among the individual’s perceptions, moral sense, and civic duty. Stoic philosophy had particular appeal for eighteenth-century thinkers searching for stability in the midst of rapid change. Examining the philosophical links between belletristic rhetoric and Stoic thought provides a more complete understanding of the beliefs about language, virtue, and society that shape the development of belletristic rhetoric.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-88
Number of pages20
JournalRhetoric Society Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language


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