Mere Rhetoric





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Today's villain is the worst type of villain--the committee. Find out how grumpy administrators took America by storm in redefining composition in the most reductive writing terms.

Direct download: harvard_reports_19th_century.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:41 PM

The finale in our countdown of the villains of rhetoric is a dialogue that starts with a rock-star orator and ends with a real villain who claims that might always makes right.

Direct download: _Platos_Gorgias.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 5:00 PM

Continuing on the villains of rhetoric, today we talk about Kant. But can you reconsile Kant to rhetoric? Scott Stroud thinks so.

Direct download: Kant.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 1:48 AM

In our series of the villains of rhetoric, we now turn to the super team of rhetorical critics: Agrippa, Jewel, Patrizi and Montaigne. The first two might be sarcastic, but they all bring up similar complaints against rhetoric during the renaissance.

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Category:Education -- posted at: 4:40 PM

Second in our countdown of the villains of rhetoric, Ramus took invention out of rhetoric and gave it to...a tree. Find out how this tree took control of invention for centuries this week.

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Category:Education -- posted at: 6:18 PM

The first in our month-long series of---THE VILLIANS OF RHETORIC! We begin with Hobbes, who decries the demogogues and democracy, while retaining a small space for "philosophical rhetoric" counsel to a sovereign.

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Category:Education -- posted at: 3:34 PM

Foucault takes us from torture and hanging to the more nefarious complete control of our wills to show us that when we are unfettered, we are not free.

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Category:Education -- posted at: 5:16 PM

I always state my demands, says the pirate. This is a good way to remember the 5 Canons of Rhetoric "Invention, Arrangment, Style, Memorization and Delivery." Today we talk about the canons of rhetoric and how to use them to prosecute piracy without a single cannon.

Direct download: canons_of_rhetoric.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:24 PM

Hot, fresh rhetoric, straight from the 2014 Rhetoric Society of America conference! Two excellent addresses focus on whiteness: Linda Martin Alcoff, the keynote speaker, and Kris Radcliffe, the speaker at the luncheon on Sunday.

Direct download: RSA_2014.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:33 PM

From the 2014 Rhetoric Society of America, we honor the keynote speaker from the 1988 RSA conference--composition historian James Berlin!

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Category:Education -- posted at: 2:24 PM