February 17, 2011: Rank Rhetoric
Eloquence—the art of persuasive discourse—has always been an important dimension of American citizenship. So says James Farrell, Professor of Communication. Integral to persuasive discourse is a concern for ethics: arguing through means and for ends that advance truth and the good of the community. In the context of the recent national debate about the tone of political discourse, which followed the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson, Farrell offers a way to think about political rhetoric at this moment in our nation’s history.
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