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Word as ActionRacine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language$

Michael Hawcroft

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151852

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151852.001.0001

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(p.254) Appendix Scheme of Inventio and Dispositio

(p.254) Appendix Scheme of Inventio and Dispositio

Word as Action
Oxford University Press

This appendix lists those terms of inventio and dispositio important for my analyses. The meaning of each is explained and illustrated in Chapter 1.

Three kinds of oratory: judicial, deliberative, demonstrative.


  1. (a) Finding things to say:

    mores, affectus, probationes (inartificiales and artificiales)

    Probationes artificiales include the following loci:

    1. 1. definitio

    2. 2. partium enumeratio

    3. 3. notatio

    4. 4. coniugata

    5. 5. genus

    6. 6. species

    7. 7. similitudo

    8. 8. dissimilitudo

    9. 9. contraria

    10. 10. adiuncta

    11. 11. consequentia

    12. 12. antecedentia

    13. 13. repugnantia

    14. 14. causae

    15. 15. effecta

    16. 16. comparatio minorum, parium, maiorum

  2. (b) Forming arguments:

    ratiocinatio (syllogism, enthymeme)

    inductio and exemplum


  1. (a) exordium

  2. (b) narratio

  3. (c) confirmatio (with refutatio)

  4. (d) peroratio