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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 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.

Jul 2, 2014

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.

Jun 19, 2014

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.