Josef Kopperschmidt

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Josef Kopperschmidt (born December 21, 1937 in Warburg ) is a German rhetorician .


Josef Kopperschmidt studied classical philology , philosophy , theology and rhetoric at the universities of Bonn , Berlin , Vienna and Tübingen . In 1966, Kopperschmidt received his doctorate from Walter Jens , who had held what was then the first nationwide chair for general rhetoric at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen since 1963. In his dissertation he examined the hikesie as a dramatic form and its motivic interpretation of the Greek drama . After three years as an assistant at the seminar for general rhetoric, which Jens led, Kopperschmidt took over a lectureship for verbal communication at the Institute for Environmental Planning Ulm at the University of Stuttgart in 1969 . As part of a liquidation from the Ulm School of Design , the institute had taken on the task of enabling the remaining students to graduate.

From 1974 until his retirement in 2003, Kopperschmidt taught as professor for language and communication at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in Mönchengladbach . He has been studying senior citizens at this university since 2000.

Josef Kopperschmidt's main research areas are the theory and history of rhetoric, argumentation theory and political speech.



  • Rhetorica. Essays on the theory, history and practice of rhetoric . Olms, Hildesheim 1985
  • Method of argument analysis . Frommann Holzboog, Stuttgart 1989, ISBN 978-3-7728-1069-5
  • Theory of reasoning as an introduction . Junius, Hamburg 2000, ISBN 3-88506-320-4
  • We are not born to be silent: an introduction to rhetoric . de Gruyter, Berlin / Boston 2018, ISBN 9783110548907



  • Education to speak. In: Johannes Schlemmer: Language - Bridge and Obstacle. Piper, Munich 1972, pp. 139-150, ISBN 3-492-01930-7 .

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Josef Kopperschmidt: Education to speak. In: Johannes Schlemmer: Language - Bridge and Obstacle. Piper, Munich 1972, p. 140.