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Chaïm Perelman

philosopher of law

1912   -   1984

movement: New rhetorics, École de Bruxelles
country of citizenship: Belgium, Poland
language of expression: French
educated at: Free University of Brussels
occupation: philosopher, professor, university teacher
award received: Francqui Prize, honorary doctor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
influenced by: Eugène Dupréel, Marcel Barzin

Chaïm Perelman (born Henio (or Henri) Perelman; sometimes referred to mistakenly as Charles Perelman) (20 May 1912, Warsaw – 22 January 1984, Brussels) was a Polish-born philosopher of law, who studied, taught, and lived most of his life in Brussels. He was among the most important argumentation theorists of the twentieth century. His chief work is the Traité de l'argumentation – la nouvelle rhétorique (1958), with Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca, translated into English as The New Rhetoric: A Treatise on Argumentation, by John Wilkinson and Purcell Weaver (1969).
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