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Kairos Kairos Presentation Transcript

  • Kairos and the Rhetorical Construction of Knowledge
  • Key definition of rhetoric
    • “Art of discovering all the available means
    • of persuasion in a given situation”
    • –Aristotle
  • Rhetoric and Empirical Truth
    • Many important questions can’t be settled with reference to “facts” alone.
    • Persuasive argument can help us arrive at “probable truth” where no clear consensus on the “facts” exists.
    • The language we use to name the world influences how we understand it.
  • Discourse Communities
    • Groups of people who differ in
    • --the vocabulary they use to describe the world
    • --the linguistic style and genres they prefer
    • --the kinds of “evidence” they value
    • --the questions / issues they find relevant
  • Ideological Commonplaces
    • A set of often unstated assumptions and beliefs that influences how we understand and behave in the world.
  • Kairos as Inventional Heuristic
    • Key questions to help rhetors adapt
    • arguments to particular times, places, and
    • audiences.
  • Kairos and Urgency
    • How have recent events made this issue
    • urgent right now?
    • Or, do I need to show its urgency to make it relevant to the present?
  • Analyzing Interested Communities
    • What arguments are being made by what groups / communities about this issue at this time?
    • What interests or ideological agendas are being served by these arguments?
  • Power and Media Gatekeepers
    • How do particular media outlets both highlight
    • and overlook the arguments of certain
    • groups (reinforcing an ideological point of view)?
    • Who has the most / least power to make their voices heard about this issue? Why?
    • How can a relatively powerless person gain an audience in this time?
  • Interconnections
    • What other issues are bound up with discourse about this issue right now? Why?
    • Should I connect more argument to these related issues or attempt to separate it?
  • Analyzing Audiences
    • What values or assumptions does the audience hold about the world?
    • What motivates them? What are there interests in this issue?
    • What kinds of evidence and language does the audience value?