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Rhetoric

Demosthenes (384-322 BC)

Rhetoric, according to Aristotle, is counterpart to Dialectic.  This can mean either that they are exact copies of one another, or that the latter completes the former.  Both of these meanings are true, for Reasoning is to one’s own mind what Rhetoric is to the minds of other men, and Reasoning without Rhetoric is useless.

Our masters in Rhetoric are, once again, Aristotle, and the Roman philosopher Cicero.  All of our humanities studies provide us with examples for analysis and imitation.

Abundant exercise in the art of Rhetoric is provided through academic disputations and thesis papers that begin from our students’ earliest years and develop as they move through the classical liberal arts curriculum.