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Mere Rhetoric

Welcome to Mere Rhetoric, the podcast for beginners and insiders about the ideas, people and movements who have shaped rhetorical history.

Jul 29, 2014

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.

Jul 24, 2014

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.

Jul 23, 2014

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

Jul 11, 2014

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.

Jul 3, 2014

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.