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Title: Catharsis as Persuasion—An Enthymematic Approach to the Aristotelian Tragedy
Authors: Tsai, Jen-Chieh
Keywords: Rhetoric;Poetics;Epideictic;Catharsis;Enthymeme;Emotion
Date: 2012-03
Issue Date: 2012-11-22T04:33:40Z
Publisher: 彰化師範大學文學院
Abstract: Although critics such as Jeffery Walker and Thomas Cole have elaborated on the
correspondence between rhetoric and poetics by way of Aristotle, studies devoted to the
Aristotelian tragedy have been inattentive to the interrelatedness between rhetorical
persuasion and tragic catharsis. Therefore, this paper purposes to argue that catharsis is a
concept integral to how Aristotle conceives of rhetoric by way of dialectic. In other words,
with all its emotive connotations, catharsis is profoundly a logical notion: ideally,
playwrights of tragedy arouse and purge pity and fear under the aegis of reason. Of
particular concern is the role of the rhetorical enthymeme (an informal syllogism) in
achieving cathartic effect. Aristotle’s endeavor to solemnize poetic creations thus
crystallizes. This paper then clarifies the status of poetics in the Greek rhetorical tradition,
expounds the relation of the Aristotelian tragedy to logic, and specifically explores the
enthymematic reasoning that underlies catharsis. Such a rhetorical approach may
contextualize Aristotle’s catharsis in a historicized framework and supplement related
studies that have long been confined to elusive interpretations such as purgation,
purification, and clarification.
雖然批評家如沃克(Jeffrey Walker)及柯爾(Thomas Cole)等人,已就亞里斯多德
Relation: 彰化師範大學文學院學報, 5: 113-128
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