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ERIC Number: ED410603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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The Thrill Is Gone: Rediscovering Pathos and Style in Debate.
Tallmon, James M.
This is a polemic on the need to rehumanize collegiate debate. Viewed as a reform movement insofar as its primary concern is to revitalize public debate, the National Education Debate Association (NEDA) ought to be mindful of the ethical implications of its aims in the same way that a repairman fixes what is broken: by concentrating, not on the thing in a state of disrepair, but on its ideal state. Debate ought to be a humane and therefore humanizing game. For Aristotle, rhetoric was a counterpart of both dialectic and ethics; of logos as well as pathos. In "Language is Sermonic," Richard Weaver states that an honest rhetorician has two things in mind: a vision of how things should go ideally and ethically, and a consideration of the special circumstances of his auditors. George Campbell's "Philosophy of Rhetoric" explicates a faculty psychology-based view of the human soul that constitutes a framework within which to teach the dynamics of the relationship of pathos and style to persuasion. His view has pedagogical merit, to be sure, but a limited vision of humanity. According to Weaver, "man is not nor ever should be a depersonalized thinking machine." (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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