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This is a text-based version of my RSA presentation “Rhetorics of Overcoming.” My talk is part of a larger panel titled “Changing Rhetorics of Access(ibility)” with co-panelists Sushil Oswal, Adam Newman, and Dale Ireland. 1,447 more words


on required readings and eternal things

Intellectuals in the West have long had an affinity for what C. S. Lewis referred to as “chronological snobbery,” the unreflective assumption that what is more recent and modern must be better than what went before. 82 more words


A Woman’s Lack of Strength

Aside from its predictable plot and one-dimensional characters, which represent archetypes of upper-middle-class individuals who struggle with upper-middle-class problems, Fay Weldon’s novel, The Fat Woman’s Joke, 1,610 more words

Rhetoric And Entertainment

Why I'm Jealous of Liberals, and What Conservatives Can Do About It

I’m jealous of my liberal friends. I’m jealous because they seem to have a corner on the compassion market. Their political representatives champion the poor, minorities, and marginalized, while mine seem intent on invoking Reaganomics and the importance of a balanced budget. 438 more words



(i) The client’s story.-

It has been rightly said that the ability to write a clear and persuasive brief is one of the most important weapons in a lawyer’s armory. 368 more words


The warship Vasa and argument from authority

Photos: The Vasa on display in the Vasamuseet, Stockholm, by JavierKohen via Wikimedia.org, CC BY-SA 3.0. Cross-section of Vasa, model in Vasamuseet, photo S. Heard. 1,315 more words

Scientific Writing

Annotated Bookshelf: Gorgias

Plato. Gorgias. Translated by Donald J. Zeyl. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1987.

What might be further subtitled: Socrates the Insufferable — this forceful denunciation of the ethics of political oratory pits the usefulness of rhetoric against the truth of philosophy, with Socrates ironically at times at his most rhetorical, debating with himself and offering up longwinded speeches. 297 more words