Rhetoric refers to the uses and studies of written, visual, and spoken language. It figures out how language is used to maintain and organize social groups, identities, power, behavior, produce change, and create knowledge. Rhetoricians often seem to think language is constitutive, dialogic, closely connected to thought, and involved with social and economic practices. The study of rhetoric and written literacy are known to be essential to academic life.

Rhetoric- The faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion. i.e, the art of persuasion
Rhetoric includes creation of a Rhetorical Situation

"Let rhetoric be [defined as] an ability, in each [particular] case, to see the available means of persuasion. This is the function of no other art; for each of the others is instructive and persuasive about its own subject: for example, medicine about health and disease and geometry about the properties of magnitudes and arithmetic about numbers and similarly in the case of the other arts and sciences. But rhetoric seems to be able to observe the persuasive about "the given," so to speak. That, too, is why we say it does not include technical knowledge of any particular, defined genus [of subjects]."


Deductive reasoning goes from general to specific, and if premises are assumed to be true and conclusion is certainly true, as a result conclusion is valid. If premises are actually true and conclusion is valid, conclusion is sound.
Its reasoning's are to persuade the audience into believing something. Rhetoric is mainly used by targeting the emotions of the audience, with use of guilt, and ways to make them feel useful.


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Inductive reasoning goes from specific to general, and if premises are assumed to be true and a conclusion is probably true, as a result conclusion is strong. If premises are actually true and conclusion is strong, conclusion is cogent.


Rhetoric began 2500 years ago as the study of the forms of communication and argument essential to public and political life in Accent Greece. Since then, Rhetoric has evolved into a diverse body of research, pedagogues, and many different texts. Aristotle is credited with developing the basic fundamentals of rhetoric. He even wrote three books on rhetoric, they are usually called either the book of rhetoric or the art of rhetoric. Book 1 consists of the definition of rhetoric and what the purpose of it is. Book 2 is about mostly about how ethos and pathos forces the audience to feel some type of emotion.Lastly Book 3 is focused on ethos, pathos and logos.


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