In November of 2007, Sam Harris contributed a short article in the
Atlantic Monthly titled God-Drunk Society. In it, Harris calls for shifting Americas focus from religious issues like intelligent design, school
prayer, and gay marriage to what he believe
Many friends and foes of humanism maintain that it is a religion. I
think that they are mistaken, but if humanism is not a religion, what is
it? It is, I submit, a philosophical, scientific, and ethical out-look.
Unfortunately, there is no word in the Eng
The more conservative religious critics of Dewey hear his willing-ness
to eschew traditions as an attack. For instance, Dewey writes that The
opposition between religious values as I conceive them and reli-gions is
not to be bridged. Just because the rele
It is my hope in this book to speak not only to professional philoso-phers,
but also to students of leadership and ethics. It is important, therefore, for
me to consider the real problems in ethics that leaders will experience.
One great challenge for mor
A trouble here in Gauss analysis is the same as before. It appears as though his standards for good philosophy
are clarity, definitiveness, and arguments so powerful that they command acceptance by all. If philosophy is
only good when it meets all of thes
Finally, he writes, Providing reasoned defences [sic] of these posi-tions
and their opposites [sic] is valuable for democracy. They are not,
Morality, Leadership, and Public Policy
though, good philosophy.17 The simple answer that I think we can offer
It has been my purpose in this chapter to show that (1) the scholarly
application of moral theory to public policy is a perfectly good idea to
pursue as an endeavor in philosophy, and (2) there are a number of
important resources available in philosophy f
The speaker establishes her credibility by stating that she has a personal connection to the
topic and has done substantial research on it. She closes the introduction by stating her central
idea and previewing the body of her speech.
This speech is organ
Speaking to inform occurs in a wide range of everyday situations.
Improving your ability to convey knowledge effectively will be valuable
to you throughout your life.
Informative speeches may be grouped into four categoriesspeeches
about objects, speeches
Speaking to Persuade
amon Trujillo started that particular school day by
stopping at the library to return an overdue
book. Look, he explained to the librarian,
know this book was due last week, but I was sick
with the flu and couldnt even get out of
Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience that the U.S. Congress should pass legislation
curbing the spread of phony pharmaceuticals.
Central Idea: Because phony pharmaceuticals are a serious problem in the United States,
Congress should pass legislation
inconvenient at first, but it will definitely help business in the long run. After listening to
Ramon, the sales manager said, Ive always thought 14 days was plenty of time, but youve
convinced me that we ought to change. Lets give it a try.
If you asked
Why must informative speakers be careful not to overestimate what the
audi-ence knows about the topic? What can you do to make sure your
ideas dont pass over the heads of your listeners?
3. What should you do as an informative speaker to relate your topic
in San Francisco can operate on a
The speaker ends on a strong note by stating that
patient in Miami. The surgeon
medical robots are now a matter of science fact,
controls the robots arms utilizing an
rather than of science fiction.
interactive 3-D imagin