The next session of the Camden Philosophical Society reading and discussion group — on Tuesday, August 21 — will focus on issues concerning rhetoric and political persuasion. The discussions are from 4-6 pm in the Picker Room of the Camden Public Library. All are welcome.
The session will be led by Herbert W. Simons, Emeritus Professor of Communication, Temple University, Philadelphia. Prof. Simons proposes to focus on two readings (attached). The first of these, Preface, provides a way into rhetoric, neo-sophistic, and the history of ideas. The second, Ch. 12 represents a way into rhetoric as an art of persuasion, coming to judgment, and bringing others to judgment by way of so-called packages; fact and logic, stories that pull ideas together, frames, reframes, highlighting and downplaying, “languaging,” self-presentation, and other tools of what he calls co-active persuasion. The overall approach will be dilemma-centered (see the reveal/conceal dilemma presented in the Preface).
The discussion will range over a selection of these topics, depending on audience preference, but will ideally center on the persuasion dialogue, in which arguments others have made are summarized, strengthened, and brought to a conclusion.
Readings: Preface CP; Simons Ch. 12
If you need access to the readings, please email Sarah Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.