Mere Rhetoric

I hearby dub you, Sir Patrick Stewart! ...Or do I? Speech acts seem to do something, but are there any limits to when they do or don't come off? How Austin's How to Do Things With Words led to a fantastic show down between Searle and Derrida.

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Category:Education -- posted at: 11:20am CST

Nope, this isn't the Apple version of Socrates. Isocrates was a major force in shaping rhetoric when it was still developing as a discipline. The criticisms against rhetoric--and against Isocrates himself--led to some of the most important texts in rhetorical history.

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Category:Education -- posted at: 12:00am CST

Before we talk about the terms, movements and people who helped form rhetoric, what exactly is rhetoric? And why has this question been driving people crazy for thousands of years?

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Category:Education -- posted at: 12:00am CST