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Rhetoric & Writing
Transcript of Rhetoric & Writing
What changed your mind?
The Persuasive Essay
Three Major Tasks
A method of resolving disputes through reasoned argument
Thesis & Antithesis
Dialectic & Debate
Differ in goals
Debate aims at "winning"
Dialectic aims at truth
Debate is part of rhetoric
Answers to objections
Objections to the thesis
The use of discourse, spoken or written...
Not "logic" exactly
Necessary, but not sufficient
A rational account of something
Root of "ethics" and "ethnic"
An appeal to shared values & norms
...but feel as I feel"
An appeal to shared feelings
but only feelings motivate
"Think as I think...
Rhetoric without Dialectic:
Dialectic before debate
The major rhetorical tool of business
Most are appalling
Story-telling: a narrative
How to do this?
Assemble parts into a "whole"
Proper relationship of parts:whole
Good writing is good thinking
A life skill
A good story?
Must assemble parts into a whole
Seeing elements in relation to each other
The result resembles a story
Growth & awareness
Need the five steps
Don't lead with the conclusion
Let ideas speak for themselves
Consider all the arguments
A Story is always more interesting than a lecture
It will change the way you think
If you think in terms of "telling a story"
It will change the way you write
The Alternative to Good Writing
Start with a question