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Cicero's authority
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  • Jean Goodwin, Iowa State University
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Start Date
15-5-1999 9:00 AM
End Date
17-5-1999 5:00 PM
In this paper I propose to continue the analysis of the appeal to authority (argumentum ad verecundiam) begun at the last OSSA conference. I proceed by examining the well-documented use of the appeal made by the ancient Roman advocate, Cicero. The fact that Cicero expressed his opinion was expectably sufficient to give his auditors--responsible citizens all--reason to do as he desired. But why? The resolution of this puzzle points to a strong sense in which arguments can be called rhetorical , for the rational force of Cicero's authority depends necessarily on what he says.
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Jean Goodwin. "Cicero's authority" (1999)
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