Lecture 12: Rhetoric and Poetics



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I. Introduction.

        A. Reason directs its knowing about practical things: rhetoric and poetics.
        B. Completes logic and gives important tools for speculative knowledge.
        C. Two parts: enthymeme and example, metaphor.

II. Rhetoric.
        A. Order of consideration of rhetoric.
        B. What rhetoric is.
                1. Difference: dialectic knowledge, rhetoric persuasion to action.
        C. Tools of rhetoric.
                1. Tools of rhetoric helpful for philosophical beginner: enthymeme and example.
                2. Compare and contrast enthymeme and example to syllogism and induction.
                        a. Compare.
                                (1) Likeness: syllogism being from more universal.
                                        (a) Enthymeme also begins with more universal.
                                (2) Likeness: induction begins with particular or individual.
                                        (a) Example also begins with individuals.
                        b. Contrast.
                                (1) Contrast instances of syllogism and enthymeme.
                            (2) Contrast induction and example: universal vs. particular conclusion.
                3. Summary of enthymeme and example.
                        a. Use of these tools in rhetoric.

III. Poetics.
        A. Poetics and metaphor: order of consideration.
        B. Definition of metaphor.
                1. Reasons poets and Scripture use metaphor.
                        a. Poetic instances.
                        b. Scriptural instance.
        C. Difference between metaphor and analogy.

IV. Summing up: necessity of lesser tools.
        A. Purposes for this class: understand logical terms.
        B. Use logic to analyze readings.
        C. Use logic to think and teach.


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