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the power of the sublime

May 20, 2010

Persuasion by dialectic is not only resistible, but what is done by its means can be undone by the same means. Persuasion, in short, is precarious. The ‘sublime’, on the other hand, does not persuade; it overpowers, seizes and holds captive; it is irresistible, and its effects are permanent; for what is admired has more lasting influence than what is only reasonable.

A. R. Orage

2 Comments leave one →
  1. roxana permalink
    May 21, 2010 3:49 pm

    this is why they say in rhetoric that the seductive component of a discourse is more important than the argumentative one: between persuasion and seduction, the latter is irresistible (as Plato says: psychagogia, leading of the souls).

  2. May 21, 2010 5:01 pm

    i would suspect Cicero would have something to say on this topic as well. and no doubt, as Orage was hailed as one of the greatest minds of his generation (by TS Eliot and the like) i imagine he was quite familiar with Plato’s argument from which drew forth the above comment.

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