- In Defence of Rhetoric by Brian Vickers
Oxford, 508 pp, £40.00, February 1988, ISBN 0 01 981283 3
- Recognitions: A Study in Poetics by Terence Cave
Oxford, 530 pp, £40.00, March 1988, ISBN 0 01 981584 0
Since Plato, the major European philosophers, consistent upon almost nothing else, have been united in a sustained denunciation of rhetoric. Brian Vickers’s In Defence of Rhetoric is an attempt, copious, complex, armed at all points with telling examples, to meet and turn back this onslaught, which seems so confidently sure of its own rightness.