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ERIC Number: EJ1031916
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
The Art of Being Persuaded: Wayne Booth's Mutual Inquiry and the Trust to Listen
Baker, Marsha Lee; Dieter, Eric; Dobbins, Zachary
Composition Studies, v42 n1 p13-34 Spr 2014
This article examines Wayne C. Booth's legacy as a teacher and scholar through the concept of rhetoric as mutual inquiry that he develops from "Modern Dogma and the Rhetoric of Assent" (1974) through "The Rhetoric of Rhetoric" (2004). Booth's work connects the political and pedagogical in pragmatic and productive ways that serve the humanitarian ambition to teach civic literacy while alleviating potential anxieties over politicizing rhetoric and writing classrooms. This article turns on Booth's pivotal question "When should you and I change our minds?" emphasizing that learning how to "be" persuaded is as important a critical and civic capacity as learning how to persuade. After suggesting limitations with the Aristotelian appeals for persuading oneself, we discuss Booth's definition of rhetoric as "the art of discovering warrantable beliefs and improving those beliefs in shared discourse" and the ways it minimizes logos-centric arguments while emphasizing refreshed approaches to engaging ethos and pathos. Finally, we illustrate a pedagogy that helps students develop ethical trusting and empathetic listening with implications for a rhetorical education and public discourse that are mutually nonviolent and sustainable.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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