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The ancient art of thinking for yourself : the power of rhetoric in polarized times / Robin Reames.

Reames, Robin, (author.).


"For most of the 2,000-plus years since its foundation as a discipline by ancient Greek thinkers, rhetoric-the art of using language to persuade-was a keystone of a Western education. But in the early 20th century, studying rhetoric fell out of fashion. In The Ancient Art of Thinking for Yourself, Robin Reames, one of the world's leading scholars of rhetoric, argues that it's high time to bring it back. Drawing on examples ranging from the Sophist Alcibiades, whose speeches in favor of war led ancient Athens to destruction and defeat, to modern-day conspiracists like Alex Jones, Reames breaks down the major techniques of rhetoric, pulling back the curtain on how politicians, journalists, and "journalists" convince us to believe what we believe-and to vote and act accordingly. Understanding these techniques helps us avoid being manipulated by modern-day sophists who don't have our best interests at heart. But it also grants us rare insight into our own beliefs, and the values that shape them. Learning rhetoric, she argues, doesn't teach what to think but how to think - allowing us to understand our ideological commitments, and those of others, in a completely new way. Thoughtful, nuanced, and leavened with dry humor, The Ancient Art of Thinking for Yourself offers an antidote to our polarized, post-truth world"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781541603974
  • ISBN: 1541603974
  • Physical Description: 297 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2024.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: A Bible Belt Upbringing -- A Tale of Two Truths: Past and Present -- Facts and Language: Gorgias on How (and Why) Conspiracy Theories Work -- How Rhetoric Shapes Reality: Protagoras on What Language Can Do -- Deep Ideology: What's Buried in Alcibiades's Words? -- Rich Little Poor People: The Language That Fooled Callias -- How to Disagree: Aspasia's Questions -- Conclusions: Thinking Rhetorically in Polarized Times -- How to Think Rhetorically -- The Rhetorical Thinker's Cheat Sheet.
Subject: Rhetoric > Philosophy
Sophists (Greek philosophy)
Genre: Informational works.

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  • 0 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 808 REAMES 2024 (Text) 0001012544338 Nonfiction New Checked out 05/03/2024

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