CRITICAL THINKING
THE RHETORICAL SITUATION
WRIT 250
Advanced Composition
Week 1
WHAT IS CRITICAL THINKING?
Adapted from The Online Writing Lab @ Purdue and From Critical Thinking to Argument, Bedford: 2...
WHAT IS CRITICAL THINKING?
You must question your own attitudes, assumptions, and evidence before you begin to
question th...
HEURISTICS AND TOPICS
In order to develop an effective heuristic for analysis of an idea, you should try to establish
its ...
WHAT IS RHETORIC?
Rhetoric is the practical application of critical thinking.
Rhetoric: using language to persuade, inform...
THE RHETORICAL SITUATION

LOGOS

PATHOS

ETHOS
THE RHETORICAL SITUATION
•

The most fundamental part of the rhetorical situation is the writer (or the speaker, the
actor...
THE RHETORICAL SITUATION
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The writer is just the first piece of the rhetorical situation. The others are:
• Purpose
• Au...
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  1. 1. CRITICAL THINKING THE RHETORICAL SITUATION WRIT 250 Advanced Composition Week 1
  2. 2. WHAT IS CRITICAL THINKING? Adapted from The Online Writing Lab @ Purdue and From Critical Thinking to Argument, Bedford: 2010. Critical thinking is directly linked to skepticism. Part of being critical is never accepting anything as truth without careful analysis: You should develop a skeptical attitude towards:  Your own attitude  Your own assumptions  Your own evidence
  3. 3. WHAT IS CRITICAL THINKING? You must question your own attitudes, assumptions, and evidence before you begin to question the arguments of others. The first step in skeptical criticism is INVESTIGATION. On a basic level, investigation needs a structure to be effective and useful. We call that structure a heuristic. A Heuristic is a method or process of adopting ideas. The emphasis here is on the process: one idea leads to another, and so on.
  4. 4. HEURISTICS AND TOPICS In order to develop an effective heuristic for analysis of an idea, you should try to establish its topic, or topos. In the classical tradition, these topics are: 1. Definition 2. Comparison 3. Relationship 4. Testimony In writing, these topics loosely translate to genres.
  5. 5. WHAT IS RHETORIC? Rhetoric is the practical application of critical thinking. Rhetoric: using language to persuade, inform, educate, or entertain. Language is a broad term. What do you think counts as language?
  6. 6. THE RHETORICAL SITUATION LOGOS PATHOS ETHOS
  7. 7. THE RHETORICAL SITUATION • The most fundamental part of the rhetorical situation is the writer (or the speaker, the actor, or the artist). As you develop heuristics to interrogate and criticize your attitudes and assumptions, consider how these affect your perception: • Age • Experience • Gender • Location • Culture • Politics • Religion • Education Can you think of ways these things might influence your perspective on an issue?
  8. 8. THE RHETORICAL SITUATION • The writer is just the first piece of the rhetorical situation. The others are: • Purpose • Audience • Genre • Stance • Media/Design We’ll talk about the other parts in the coming days and weeks.
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