Erasmus and Juan Luis Vives on rhetorical decorum and politics

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Havu , K 2021 , ' Erasmus and Juan Luis Vives on rhetorical decorum and politics ' , Historical Journal , vol. 64 , no. 5 , pp. 1151 - 1172 .

Title: Erasmus and Juan Luis Vives on rhetorical decorum and politics
Author: Havu, Kaarlo
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies
Date: 2021
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: Historical Journal
ISSN: 0018-246X
Abstract: The article analyses the emergence of decorum as a central concept of rhetorical theory in the early 16th-century writings of Erasmus and Juan Luis Vives. In rhetorical theory, decorum shifted the emphasis from formulaic rules to their creative application in concrete cases. In doing so, it emphasized a close analysis of the rhetorical situation (above all the nature of the audience) and it underscored the persuasive possibilities of politeness and civil conversation as opposed to passionate, adversarial rhetoric. The article argues that the stress put on decorum in early 16th-century theory is not just an internal development in the history of rhetoric but linked to far wider questions concerning the role of rhetoric in religious and secular lives. Decorum appears as a solution both to the divisiveness of language in the context of the Reformation and dynastic warfare of the early 16th century and as an adaptation of the republican tradition of political rhetoric to a changed, monarchical context. Erasmus and Vives maintained that decorum not only suppressed destructive passions and discord, but that it was only through polite and civil rhetoric (or conversation) that a truly effective persuasion was possible in a vast array of contexts.
Subject: 615 History and Archaeology

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