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ERIC Number: ED399548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Pages: 11
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Back in the Courtroom Again: Ciceronian Stasis Theory as a Method of Critical Thinking.
Anderson, Colleen
Using statis theory in the composition classroom is not new. The three main questions of stasis--the "an sit," or conjectural issue, the "quid sit," or issue of definition, and the "quale sit," or issue of quality--roughly approximate different kinds of writing. The method originated with Hermagoras and was developed by Cicero as a method of inquiry for use in the courtroom. Thus a case regarding the "an sit" or conjectural issue might concern whether one individual killed another, whereas the issue of definition would address the name and type of a particular action, manslaughter versus premeditated murder. In cases where agreement has been reached regarding both the committal and the type of act, the question that remains is the quality of the act. This might include, for example, to what degree intent was present in the act. Stasis theory can be used as a method of critical thinking. Stasis theory may be used as a tool of invention, comparison, and, ultimately, analysis when applied in conjunction with Ciceronian judicial rhetoric. It can predict the outcomes of current cases in court, including those concerning Mayor Marion Barry of Washington, D.C., Mike Tyson, and William Kennedy Smith. A comparison of Tyson's and Smith's cases shows one way to use the method. Stasis theory assists students in their critical thinking since it requires them to zero in on the point in question. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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