B aristotles empiricism versus platos idealism

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B. Aristotle’s empiricism versus Plato’s idealism – empiricism: only believe that which they have evidence for. Hand out in picture.
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C. Probable truths – what is logical and what is reasonable. Provable D. It is the duty of the honorable to know rhetoric – the public could not be trusted with rhetoric. Can use rhetoric to lie, steal, cheat. (ex: Adolf Hitler- convinced people) this is why you don’t trust the people. You can bullshit in some cases but the truth will win. The arc of the universe is long but it bends toward justice. VI. Rhetoric: A 2000 year Journey A. Philip of Macedon Aristotle teaches Alexander the Great Aristotle: * “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice” goodness ultimately does win even if it takes a long time. Every citizen’s duty was to learn rhetoric. B. Alexander takes rhetoric to Egypt – modern day Egypt and Africa. Made multiple copies of things. He built a library C. Europe loses its ancient knowledge. They were using books for fuel. Living from day to day was much more important than reading D. Moors return knowledge to Europe – group that went from Egypt into mainland Europe and delivered that knowledge back to Europe. They preserved it. Aristotle> Alex the great > moors E. Europe recovers ancient knowledge – preserved knowledge by alexander VII. 20 th and 21 st Century Communication Study A. Formation of modern academic disciplines – speech building now communication building B. A thriving discipline today – a subject to study today
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