Lecture 2 - LECTURE 2 THE NATURE AND ORIGINS OF RHETORIC I...

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LECTURE 2: THE NATURE AND ORIGINS OF RHETORIC I. ANNOUNCEMENTS A. LAB ATTENDANCE REQUIRED; ABSENCES WILL AFFECT COURSE GRADE; FIRST LAB MEETS THIS FRIDAY. B. QUESTIONS FROM LAST TIME? II. WHY STUDY HISTORY? A. LEARN ABOUT OUR ROOTS AS A CULTURE. B. AVOID REPEATING EARLIER MISTAKES. C. HAVE A FULLER UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATION OF WHERE WE ARE NOW. III. KEY IDEAS IN STUDYING HISTORY AND THEORY OF RHETORIC. A. MANY “HISTORIES” OF RHETORIC; NO SINGLE “RIGHT” ONE. B. “RHETORIC” IS AN INVENTION OF WESTERN EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION, BUT THIS DOESN’T MEAN THAT THIS CIVILIZATION IS BETTER THAN ANY OTHER. D. THEORIZING RHETORIC DOMINATED BY ELITE MALES UNTIL THE LAST CENTURY—REFLECTS PATRIARCHAL AND CLASS VALUES.
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D. IMPORTANT CONCEPTS TO TRACK THROUGHOUT. 1. KNOWLEDGE VS. OPINION, TRUTH VS. APPEARANCE. 2. RHETORIC AND DEMOCRATIC CITIZENSHIP 3. THEORY AS A PRODUCT OF TEACHING 4. THE USES OF PERSUASION 5. RHETORIC, MORALITY, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY 6. RHETORIC AND POWER 7. RHETORIC IN EVERYDAY LIFE 8. USING RHETORICAL THEORIES TODAY
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