A brief history of rhetoric.

The quadrivium and trivium together make up the seven liberal arts

Along with logic and grammar, rhetoric is one of the three ancient skills of speech, or "trivium." Discourse is the ordered, formal interchange of ideas in discussion when each speaker is allowed time to present their ideas, arguments, and supporting evidence.


These academic fields were taught in universities across mediaeval Europe and were considered by academics of the time to be the foundation of a comprehensive education. However, the trivium has been the cornerstone of education since Plato's time, which is further back than that. In his dialogues, Plato goes into great length on these three topics.

Aristotle called rhetoric “a combination of the science of logic and of the ethical branch of politics” and defined it as “the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion.” From Ancient Greece thousands of years ago to today, rhetoric has been the backbone of persuasive and motivational speaking. 


To understand rhetoric, you need to understand the concept of heuristics. A heuristic is a practical approach to problem-solving or self-discovery. When you make an educated guess about something or use trial and error to reach a conclusion, you’ve used a heuristic. With heuristics, you don’t necessarily have to reach a precise answer; the goal is to reach an approximate or otherwise “good enough” solution. You can also download our app from the playstore or visit our website.