Father of Western philosophy and Mentor to Plato. Epistemology and logic.
Plato: 424-348 B.C.E.
Student of Socrates and founder of “The Academy” Philosophy, logic, ethics, rhetoric and mathematics.
Aristotle: 384-322 B.C.E.
Student of Plato, and teacher to Alexander the Great.
The traditional definition of rhetoric, first proposed by Aristotle, and embellished over the centuries by scholars and teachers, is that rhetoric is the art of observing in any given case the “available means of persuasion.”
Reading to “develop an understanding of a text that is based first on the words themselves and then on the larger ideas those words suggest.”
Defining an author’s purpose, then identifying and analyzing the techniques and strategies employed to achieve that purpose.
Why Goals and Objectives?
Course Goal—broad, long-term
To understand the elements of argument and other genres or writing, and apply them in both writing, and analysis.