erotesis

erotesis

a manner of phrasing a question that presupposes an answer that is either a strong affirmative or, more often, a strong negative.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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Petruchio cagily uses erotesis, defined by Richard A.
Lanham, A Handlist of Rhetorical Terms, 2nd edn (Berkeley, 1991), sv 'erotesis'.
Erotesis y lepsis no son descripciones de las formulas diversas del lenguaje mediante las cuales se expresan los tipos de proposiciones inferenciales dialecticas, sino senalamientos sobre la naturaleza cognitiva diferenciada que la misma clase de [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], la que es [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], tiene para quienes la utilizan en momentos inferenciales diferentes de una misma actividad o proceso dialectico (85).
Though without Eros's companion Peitho, goddess of persuasion, there is no hope of success, since erotaien means to question (erotesis the figure of speech that implies the opposite of what is asked).
Typically, a rhetorical question is asked not to elicit information but to express emotion, as with erotesis (implying strong affirmation or denial) and epiplexis (to chastise).
What is a limit for Plato here is also one for his reader, since the brevity of the erotesis limits the confidence with which conclusions can be drawn about the voice of Meletus.
Philosophy is the latter kind of activity: we might think that a trial would also be such a joint search for truth, but Socrates thinks that the Athenian system does not allow for this.(8) What is unusual about Socrates' opening to the erotesis. and what seems to set this interchange apart from the dialogues proper, is the way that it sets up the conversation with Meletus as an activity of [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].
This tension leads to a consideration of two rhetorical figures: one, oxymoron, is illustrated by the title originally considered for the novel, The Noble Jilt; the other, rhetorical question, is exemplified by that ultimately chosen, Can You Forgive Her?.(9) Together these titles imbricate eros and erotesis, and while Trollope may never be accused of the "hyperoxysophistical paradoxology" with which Peacock satirizes Coleridge, he is more than a little interested in the "collocations of words" with which courtships are conducted.
(3)"I do not say that no figure of thought is to be found in Antiphon; for there are certainly erotesis and paraleipsis and other such things in his speeches.
EROTESIS (EROTEMA): a rhetorical question implying strong affirmation or denial:
In the following example, note also the foregrounded anaphora and the erotesis with which Stowe ends the passage: