The legal rhetoric and training of lawyers: the observation of Aristotle on the arguments of Odysseus in Sophocles’ Philoctetes


Revista do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Direito da Universidade Federal da Bahia, ISSN 1516-6058, v. 1, p. 315-322, Salvador, 2008.

The article is a sustained defense of the importance of introducing the discipline Juridical Rhetoric in school curriculums, but not a rhetoric in the sense given by Plato and by which they usually understand the activities of lawyers, but in that practical prudential and ethical community dimension that Aristotle left us. It comments on the criticism of the lack of scruples of Odysseus portrayed in Sophocles’ Philoctetes. With this, the mastery of different strategies of argument – the logos, ethos and pathos – proposed by Aristotle, is considered important not only for professional performance and to demand a solution, but also a necessary condition for the faithful fulfillment of that responsibility lawyers have to the community.

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