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Louisiana State University
Communication Studies
CMST 2060

oRhetorical public speech The art of addressing pressing public concerns by employing deliberate persuasive strategies before a public audience at a specific occasion in order to transform some aspect of a problematic situation by encouraging new forms of thought and actionoThe artArt requires the application of rational concepts and method in the creative process of guiding situated judgmentoOf addressing pressing public concernsWe listen to rhetoric with the hope that the person speaking might be able to suggest a path out of our current predicament or a solution to our current problemoBy employing deliberate persuasive strategiesoBefore a public audienceIt addresses an audience of relative strangers who come together to address areas of common concernoAt a specific occasionoIn order to transform some aspect of a problematic situationRhetoric seeks to change some aspect of the natural or social environment that is felt to be problematic by members of a publicoBy encouraging new forms of thought and actionEncouraging other people to change their attitudes toward objective thing in the worldoIt is one thing to say words in public it is another to deliberately construct an argument sing the tools of reason logos credibility ethos emotion pathos and style lexis to challenge and transform some aspect of public sentiment in the face of oppositionoThe Greek Origin of RhetoricoThe first handbook provided instruction in the basics of speech composition and delivery for a feeoIn Greek culture there were 3 distinct perspectives on rhetoric The SophisticalThe most controversial perspectiveTeachers of rhetoric who professed to be able to have the ability of making the weaker argument the strongerThe first humanistsThe sophistical attitude emphasizes the importance of timeliness which means that a speaker has to grasp the right moment in the present to make a rhetorical interventionThe PlatonicPlato accused rhetoric of being the use of empty words to distract us from reality and deceive us about the truth in the pursuit of narrow pleasuresPlato was an IdealistFor Plato the genuine orator did not concern himself with the passing issues of the dayThe AristotelianAristotle was a rhetorical RealistAristotle reminds both of his predecessors that people exist in historical time
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