Shirley Logan Discusses Rhetoric on WYPR’s “Midday”

August 26, 2016

Shirley Logan recently spoke with Professor Trevor Parry-Giles on WYPR on rhetoric and its role in politics. Shirley and Trevor will present "Rhetoric and Politics in America: What's Past is Prologue," on October 10th, as part of the Democracy Then & Now initiative.

In an introduction to the podcast, WYPR says,"Hateful. Inflammatory. Empty. The word “rhetoric” has a bad reputation. But it has a pedigree: in history, rhetoric is a skill. Plato called it 'the art of winning the soul by discourse.' As the campaign for president hits high gear, the public is getting a heavy dose of political rhetoric. How does the discourse this election season compare to campaigns of the past? What kinds of rhetorical strategies are candidates using? We’ve all heard of logical fallacies like the red herring and the slippery slope. How often do they crop up in political speech, and how can we learn to recognize them?"

To listen to the podcast, click here.