Like the words “propaganda” and “dialectic”, the word “rhetoric” has a bad reputation to overcome. If people say “that’s just rhetoric” it usually means it is talk instead of action, or flowery words to hide the truth. But rhetoric at its best is neither of these. It is simply having the means of persuasion with an audience in a public setting. Its history sweeps from the Sophists in ancient Greece all the way through the 20th century in the work of Chaim Perelman and Stephen Toulmin.
This week's speaker will be Bruce.
After the talk, we'll have a group discussion to explore the ideas presented, and to share related thoughts, resources, and personal experiences.