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Week 4 part 2 notes

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Week 4 part 2 notes COM 2053-002

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Notes on logic, context, and argument
Intro to Communications and Civic Life
Laura L. Winn
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common, Ground, CommonGround, Argument, Debate, rhetoric, logic, doxa, dialetic
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Date Created: 10/01/16
Communications notes week 4 Argument & Logic We get our fundamentals in rhetoric from ancient Greece. This is very important in our present critical thinking. ~~~~~~~ Enthymeme A logical statement with a premise that is only implied. I.e. There is one premise, and conclusions can be drawn, but links aren’t plainly made. Doxa what is filled in by the audience/what is read in between the lines/ what is left out Particular cultural knowledge is implied and possibly needed Things we think are general knowledge; “everybody knows this”. The importance of context in argument: **-Cultural identity is often closely tied to context and place.** **People who live in one place that hear an argument refer to something specific in another location, may not understand or even get offended by what others from the place mentioned, understand and accept. Common Ground The ​ irst​ principle of Rhetoric: ​establish common ground!! ● i.e. “I am just like you.” ● If you don’t establish common ground with an audience, they are going to lose interest ● Is often established by using enthymemes A Logical Flaw- false dilemma ● False dilemma ○ We possess artificial binaries that makes one think that they don’t have a range of choices or that 2 things are in opposition (when they really aren’t). ○ Is an important factor to consider when interpreting debates and media. Dialectic ● Adversarial argument ● The contrast between sides and ideas (thesis, antithesis, and synthesis meeting in the middle) The role of the objector in a debate: ● “a.k.a. Devil’s advocate” ● Commonly, the one that thinks: “In order to move forward successfully, we need to think of a counter argument”, and proceeds to do such. Arete ● A type of exceptionalism or excellence ● Nobility of character ● Was argued by the Ancient Greeks to be an important part of civic life and public speech Techne ● Craftiness, skillfulness ● Not always looked upon favorably ● However, is the talent we usually associate with being a great lawyer


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