Tuesday: The Case of Plato v. Sophists
Keith & Lundberg, “The Rhetorical Tradition,” 3-10.
Jay Heinrichs, “Open Your Eyes,” 3-11.
*What is the connection between rhetoric and democracy in the ancient world? What were the new contexts in which rhetoric was useful? (Keith & Lundberg) Why was rhetoric considered an art of leadership in the ancient world? (Heinrichs)
*What are the three goals of speeches at this time? What are examples of these different kinds of speeches? (Keith & Lundberg)
*What is the connection between rhetoric, identity, and power? (Keith & Lundberg)
Blog prompt: If you were a member of the jury, deciding the case of Plato vs. Protagoras, how would you vote? Write a judge's decision defending your position.
Thursday: Lessons on the Power of Language from Protagoras and Prodicus
Cate Palczewski, Richard Ice, and John Fritch, “Language,” in Rhetoric and Civic Life (State College, PA: Strata Publishing, 2012), 35-60.
*What does it mean to say that language constructs social reality?
*What is a "terministic screen"? How does language function as a terministic screen?
*What is an ideograph? What are examples of ideographs, and how do they mobilize collective action?
*What is a metaphor? Why do metaphors "work"?
*What is resignification? What is an example of how resignification works?
*What are the types of "misuse" of language? Be able to define doublespeak, euphemism, inflated language, and truncated passives.
*How does silence communicate?
Blog prompt: Identify a recent speech by a politician and analyze it using some of these terms. How do they use terministic screens, metaphors, and silence to make their point?