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January 12, 2009

On Rhetoric, Cicero, and Machiavelli

One of the most penetrating accounts of the role of rhetoric in the studia humanitatis is Gary Remer's 1995 book, Humanism and the Rhetoric of Toleration.  I've discussed Remer's book in context of the Who's Who entry on Erasmus, and the significance of rhetoric can barely be overstated for the humanists.  As such, I am pleased to note that Remer has a new essay out in Philosophy and Rhetoric, this one entitled "Rhetoric as a Balancing of Ends: Cicero and Machiavelli" (abstract unavailable).  Though I have not read it yet, anything Remer writes on rhetoric and humanism is worth reading.

The Who's Who entries on Cicero and Machiavelli are here and here, respectively.



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