Recovering Purpose: Teaching the Common Topics of Invention

dc.contributor.advisorDonnelly, Phillip J. (Phillip Johnathan), 1969-
dc.contributor.authorSchorlemer, Blake
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity Scholars.en_US
dc.contributor.schoolsUniversity Scholars.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-21T16:43:28Z
dc.date.available2018-05-21T16:43:28Z
dc.date.copyright2018-05-02
dc.date.issued2018-05-21
dc.description.abstractThis thesis considers the principles of persuasion that are at work in a wide variety of cultural contexts, from Super Bowl advertisements to ancient epics. The tradition of classical education offers a rich approach to rhetoric through the topics of invention. The topical approach is a way of discovering arguments and is presently being taught to some extent in modern, classical schools. I contend, however, that rhetorical educators need to improve their attention to the differing purposes of forensic, demonstrative, and deliberative arguments. The purposes provide a guiding framework for rhetorical invention and make understanding the topics of invention easier for the modern student. I present three important passages from Homer's Odyssey as examples of topical mastery. I demonstrate in this thesis how the topics of invention greatly aid the creation of arguments and, furthermore, how they can help the reader uncover the deeper meaning of a text.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2104/10270
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
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dc.titleRecovering Purpose: Teaching the Common Topics of Inventionen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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