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Kelly Elmore on The Value of Rhetoric

Radio Interview: 21 August 2013

I interviewed Kelly Elmore on "The Value of Rhetoric" on 21 August 2013. Listen to or download this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio below.

What is rhetoric? Why does it matter? How can the basic concepts of rhetoric help us write more effectively, understand advertising better, or speak more persuasively?

Kelly Elmore is an English graduate student in Rhetoric and Composition, an assistant director of the Georgia State University Writing Studio, a teacher of freshman composition, writing consultant for the geology department, homeschooling mom to Livy, partner to Aaron, and the instigator of family adventures for both, avid reader, lover of vampires and the Regency, separate or combined, Anglophile, extrovert, and proud possessor of a very tall soapbox.

Tags: Activism, Aristotle, Communication, Epistemology, Politics, Relationships


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The topics covered in this episode were:
  • What rhetoric is
  • Misconceptions about rhetoric
  • The use of rhetoric in the world today
  • The "rhetorical situation"
  • The importance of audience
  • The rheorical triangle
  • Ethos
  • Pathos
  • Logos
  • The kitten and chick example
  • The Revlon example
  • Other examples
  • The value of rhetoric
  • Improving your rhetorical skills

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I'm Dr. Diana Brickell (formerly Diana Hsieh). I'm a philosopher, and I've long specialized in the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I completed my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. I retired from work as a public intellectual in 2015.

From September 2009 to September 2015, I produced a radio show and podcast, Philosophy in Action Radio. In the primary show, my co-host Greg Perkins and I answered questions applying rational principles to the challenges of real life. We broadcast live over the internet on Sunday mornings.

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