Mere Rhetoric

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.

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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.

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

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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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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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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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