Aristotle & Logic

I really liked the idea of the enthymeme that Aristotle created. It is a very scientific, organized, and formulaic way of making an argument. It reminds me of the transitive property in math: if x=y and y=z, then x=z. He made any oral argument seem like a problem that only required an equation and logic to solve. Aristotle always simplified any argument, cutting away anything that was unnecessary or excessive. I think that this is mostly what the concept of “logos” is all about. Logic is possibly the most essential aspect of rhetoric for Aristotle. I don’t think it is a coincidence that such a scientific way of arguing was born out of a civilization that was also making great strides in mathematics and architecture. I also think that argument in this manner lends itself more easily to teaching than perhaps poetry. Aristotle and his peers, for the first time, were able to break down ideas from language and present them in teachable, organized portions. This seemed to be very necessary when so much of the civilization doubted the importance of the Sophists teachings.

-Andrew Sommers

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