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This section features the texts used throughout course and list of readings by session. Please note: Not all sessions have required reading.

Required Texts

[IDEAS]: Booth, Wayne. The Rhetoric of RHETORIC: The Quest for Effective Communication. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2004. ISBN: 1405112379.

[RHETORIC]: Jacobus, Lee A. A World of Ideas: Essential Reading for College Writers. 7th ed. Boston, MA: Bedford/Saint Martin's, 2006. ISBN: 0312434448.

Additional Texts

Barnet, Sylvan, and Hugo Bedau. Current Issues and Enduring Questions. 6th ed. Boston, MA: Bedford/Saint Martin's, 2002. ISBN: 0312390130.

Crowley, Sharon, and Debra Hawhee. Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Pearson/Longman, 2004. ISBN: 0321172760.

Foss, Karen. Readings in Contemporary Rhetoric. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press, 2002. ISBN: 1577662067.

Strike, Kenneth A., and Pamela A. Moss. Ethics and College Student Life: A Case Study Approach. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2003. ISBN: 0130931012.

Readings by Session

Introduction to the Course
1 Introduction to Course
Introductions to Each Other and Plato
2 Speeches of Introduction

Jacobus, Lee A. "Evaluating Ideas: An Introduction to Critical Reading." In IDEAS. pp. 1-11.

———. "Writing about Ideas: An Introduction to Rhetoric." In IDEAS. pp. 833-852.

3 Discussion: Plato, Sophists, and Rhetoric

Jacobus, Lee A. Introduction to Part V. "Mind." In IDEAS. pp. 437-441.

Plato. "Allegory of the Cave." In A World of Ideas. pp. 443-456.

4 Discussion Booth, Wayne. RHETORIC. Part 1, chapters 1 and 2, pp. 1-38.
5 Discussion (cont.) Booth, Wayne. RHETORIC. Chapters 3 and 4, pp. 39-84.
6 Discussion (cont.) Booth, Wayne. RHETORIC. Part 2, chapters 5 and 6, pp. 85-128.
7 No Class, but Reading Assigned Booth, Wayne. RHETORIC. Chapters 7, 8, and conclusion, pp. 129-173.
8 Workshop
Rhetoric and Ethics
9 Discussion

Singer, Peter. "Famine, Affluence, and Morality." In Current Issues and Enduring Questions. Originally published in Philosophy and Public Affairs 1, no. 3 (Spring 1972): 229-243.

Hardin, Garrett. "Lifeboat Ethics: The Case against Helping the Poor." In Current Issues and Enduring Questions. Originally published in Psychology Today (September 1974).

Rhetoric and Government
10 Discussion

Jacobus, Lee A. Introduction to Part I. "Government" In IDEAS. pp. 13-17.

Machiavelli, Niccolò. "The Qualities of the Prince." In IDEAS. pp. 35-52.

11 Discussion (cont.) Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. "The Origin of Civil Society." In IDEAS. pp. 53-74.
12 Discussion (cont.) Arendt, Hannah. "Total Domination." In IDEAS. pp. 85-97.
13 Discussion (cont.)

Jefferson, Thomas. "The Declaration of Independence." In IDEAS. pp. 75-84.

Stanton, Elizabeth Cady. "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions." In IDEAS. pp. 161-170.

Rhetoric and Justice
14 Workshop
15 Discussion

Jacobus, Lee A. Introduction to Part II. "Justice" in IDEAS. pp. 114-117.

Thoreau, Henry David. "Civil Disobedience." In IDEAS. pp. 133-160.

16 Discussion (cont.) King, Martin Luther, Jr. "Letter from Birmingham Jail." In IDEAS. pp. 171-194.
17 Discussion (cont.)
Rhetoric and Ethics (cont.)
18 Discussion Nussbaum, Martha C. "The Central Human Functional Capabilities." In IDEAS. pp. 209-224.
19 Discussion (cont.)

Rawls, John. "A Theory of Justice." In IDEAS. pp. 195-207.

Rhetoric Tool Chest

Pathos Handout


20 Workshop
21 Discussion (cont.)
22 Discussion (cont.)

Jacobus, Lee A. Introduction to Part VII. "Ethics and Morality" In IDEAS. pp. 628-631.

Nietzsche, Friedrich. "Morality as Anti-Nature." In IDEAS. pp. 697-712.

23 Discussion (cont.) Murdoch, Iris. "Religion and Morality." In IDEAS. pp. 713-726.
Rhetoric and Oral Presentations
24 Speeches Begin
25 Speeches (cont.)
26 Speeches (cont.)

Speeches End

Wrap-up Activities