The Importance of Speech

“The whole community of men, the method of organising life in public and in private, procuring everything by which we preserve life, and also all communication, are held together by speech.” Philip Melanchthon, “Praise of Eloquence,” in Orations on Philosophy and Education, trans. Christine F. Salazar (Cambridge, 1999), p. 62.

This quote demonstrates Melanchthon’s humanist emphasis on the significance of eloquent persuasion for human interactions and community.

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