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Lectures on Rhetoric and Oratory (Volume 1); Delivered to the Classes of Senior and Junior Sophisters in Harvard University (Paperback) Loot Price: R384
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Lectures on Rhetoric and Oratory (Volume 1); Delivered to the Classes of Senior and Junior Sophisters in Harvard University...
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Lectures on Rhetoric and Oratory (Volume 1); Delivered to the Classes of Senior and Junior Sophisters in Harvard University (Paperback)

John Quincy Adams

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: LECTURE II. OBJECTIONS AGAINST ELOQUENCE CONSIDERED. WE have hitherto considered the importance and utility of the oratorical art, only with regard to its influence upon the private relations of life; and pointed out the inducements, which recommend its cultivation to the lawyer and the divine. These considerations have their weight in all civilized countries, fevbred with the light of the gospel, and enjoying a regular administration of government. Under all the forms of polity, prevailing among the European nations, considerable scope is allowed to the eloquence of the bar and of the pulpit; under all, the inducements I have suggested for coveting these splendid and useful talents must have their force. There are others, which, if not exclusively applicable to our native country, and our present state of society, are at least of more than ordinary magnitude to us. But before I enter upon a survey ofthese local and occasional objects, which give so much adventitious cumulation to the arguments of universal application in favor of eloquence, it may be proper to examine with candor the objections, which often have been and still are occasionally urged against it. These objections are three. First, that rhetoric is a pedantic science, overcharged with scholastic subtleties, and innumerable divisions and subdivisions, burdensome to the memory, oppressive to genius, and never applicable to any valuable purpose in the business of the world. Second, that it is a frivolous science, substituting childish declamation instead of manly sense, and adapted rather to the pageantry of a public festival, than to the sober concerns of real life. And third, that it is a pernicious science; the purpose of which is to mislead the judgment by fascinating the imagination. That its tendencies ...

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Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2012
First published: 2012
Authors: John Quincy Adams
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 4mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 80
ISBN-13: 978-0-217-49939-2
Barcode: 9780217499392
Categories: Books
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LSN: 0-217-49939-2

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