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Rhetorical Theories - *Based on probabilities*Perspective-all theories are related to perspective Theorists are formally articulating a perspective

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Rhetorical Theories Week 1: -Ch. 1 -What is rhetoric? PERSUASION convincing others of views and opinion. We want to know {HOW} not why. *Aristotle: “Rhetoric is all available means of persuasion in a given situation (On Rhetoric)” Different appeals…Ethos Logos and Pathos. *Audience-focused. -Epistemic-how have we come to know what we know? Perspective has us understanding the similar concept and or place. Experiences are not social until you can share it. Word choice is very important. *Naming function. *Categorizing. Us or them. Draw attention to similarities and differences. *Rhetoric and art (vs. Science)…Fact-something that we all agree upon. The methods were valid. Fact depends on who is in the room, depends on audience. How to’s and why’s make rhetoric is a science. Art-part of this is about interpretation. -What is theory? Provide a definition and a set of criteria for rhetoric-for our class.
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Unformatted text preview: *Based on probabilities. *Perspective-all theories are related to perspective. Theorists are formally articulating a perspective. Starting point for discussion of theories. *Applicable. What we discuss in class. *Theories make sense of seemingly random things, and how they work. *When truth is known Rhetoric is marginalized, and the opposite is true also. There are multiple levels of collectivity (societies). “T”ruth vs “t”ruth. Big T truth represents who is in power… absolute truth. Little t truth is a relative or situational truth. Persuade if you elieve little “t” truth. *Situation-Bitzer’s theory of the rhetorical situation. What about a situation makes it rhetorical? Three major features of rhetorical situation: 1, Exigence, prob/issue marked by urgency 2. Audience, 3.Constraints....
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2011 for the course COMM 321 taught by Professor Erinmcclellan during the Spring '11 term at Boise State.

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