...because if the rhetorician's job is to persuade, what I want to know is how the rhetorician decides which side she will defend, and which side she will oppose. [I am very suspicious here that the rhetorician decides based on nothing other than keeping herself empowered. A motivation that might be described, generously, as amoral.]

A rhetorician may speak of ethics, for example, but on what basis does a rhetorician stake out a position on ethics?


Mark said...

Simple -- based either upon their convictions and presuppositions.

Casey said...

I'll assume you're trying to beg the question as loudly as possible, Mark?

Where do the Rhetorician's convictions and presuppositions come from?