Choosing a Patron Philosopher of Debate: A Fable

By |2019-12-03T13:59:51-06:00December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Education, Philosophy, Rhetoric, Socrates|

I’ve been coaching debate for five years now, and as I’ve taught students how to play the game, the benefits of debate become obvious. At the same time, a danger lurks. Could debate inherently be an activity devoted to sophistry? Back from summer break, the varsity debate team gathers to determine an important part of [...]

Lessons in Speaking from Longinus

By |2019-09-12T13:30:11-05:00March 27th, 2019|Categories: Christine Norvell, Culture, Rhetoric, Senior Contributors|

Men seem to admire “that which is astounding” when they hear someone speak. Some would say our modern news cycles seek to either find or twist facts to make them astounding, but in On the Sublime, Longinus examines the power of persuasion along with language’s sublimity. Effective persuasion is often fueled by passion which Longinus [...]

Giving Good Things a Bad Name

By |2019-07-30T14:46:31-05:00January 27th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Donald Trump, History, Joseph Mussomeli, Language, Rhetoric|

President Trump has an uncanny knack for energizing his supporters and riling his adversaries, but to have a lasting positive impact on American society he will need to find a way to inspire a majority of the American people... Like most first-time visitors, I rambled as if in a trance through the temple complex at [...]

America’s Freedom Image Problem

By |2018-09-26T15:23:34-05:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Freedom, Great Stereopticon, Modernity, Rhetoric, Richard M. Weaver, Worldview|

The week after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush addressed a joint session of Congress. He gave in many respects an eloquent and well-crafted speech. It set down with considerable skill the meaning of the attacks and reasons to launch the war on terrorism. Nonetheless, the President made few references [...]

How Liberals Abuse Language

By |2019-10-16T15:48:58-05:00March 5th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Language, Liberal, Philosophy, Politics, Rhetoric, Timeless Essays|

As long as words are left undefined, their meanings are vague and are left up to the listener’s or reader’s imagination. Many on the left have manipulated language in this way… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Shannon Holzer as he explores the nature of a definition [...]

O Oratory!

By |2018-02-23T22:42:01-06:00February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Glenn Arbery, Rhetoric, Wyoming Catholic College|

Of all the public arts once honored, oratory might have fallen the farthest. It is now hard to imagine the great hunger that audiences had for political speeches, sermons, lectures—anything that demonstrated the power of language to educate, persuade, or inspire—in the days before the technological revolutions of the past century. They would stand all [...]

William Faulkner’s Last Words & the American Dilemma

By |2018-01-27T21:28:04-06:00January 26th, 2018|Categories: Equality, Liberty, M. E. Bradford, Rhetoric|

The lesson of William Faulkner’s “Gold Medal” speech is both in the teaching it offers and in the method we must employ to grasp that meaning. It is a work of politi­cal imagination, drawing its rhetoric from the same fountainhead as poetry… The Summer of 1971, we Americans were removed by only half a decade from [...]

Constitutional Morality vs. Class Warfare: The Right Rhetoric for a Republic

By |2019-06-06T18:46:00-05:00July 9th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Constitution, Featured, Federalist Papers, Republicanism, Rhetoric, Timeless Essays, Wyoming Catholic College|

For some time now, our political rhetoric has increasingly moved toward an opposition between classes, causing tension—indeed a kind of warfare—between what Aristotle called the few rich and the many poor. Our founders worked hard to bridge this gap… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Virginia Arbery as [...]

The Recovery & Renewal of the Liberal Arts of Language

By |2019-02-05T16:16:54-06:00June 25th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Classical Education, Education, Language, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Rhetoric|

The liberal arts allow us the freedom to become more fully human by sharing as fully as possible in that which makes us distinct, and the freedom to flourish through the reality of our nature, our humanity, and, yes, perhaps even our divinity… Why My Favorite Nun Was Right: The Recovery and Renewal of the Liberal [...]

A Responsible Rhetoric

By |2019-04-28T22:57:33-05:00June 19th, 2017|Categories: Language, Rhetoric, Richard Weaver, The Imaginative Conservative|

Responsible rhetoric is a rhetoric responsible primarily to the truth. It measures the degree of validity in a statement, and it is aware of the sources of controlling that it employs… Editorial Note: The text of “A Responsible Rhetoric” is taken from a transcription of a tape recording of a speech Richard M. Weaver delivered [...]

In Pursuit of Truth and Beauty: The Fullness of Cultural Renewal

By |2021-05-27T16:20:39-05:00June 7th, 2017|Categories: Beauty, Culture, Philosophy, Plato, Rhetoric, Russell Kirk|

Cultural decadence is all around us, and there is a siren call to submission. But such submission is not worthy of a free people, and we must respond with wonder and beauty, truth and goodness, philosophy and rhetoric. For those of us convinced that ours is a moment of profound decadence, it quite naturally occurs [...]

Rhetoric & the Art of Persuasion: Lessons from the Masters

By |2019-09-28T09:32:49-05:00May 5th, 2017|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Cicero, Education, Featured, Rhetoric|

The Roman teachers were acutely aware of the role of audience. In its classical sense, rhetoric means the use of language, whether in speech or tex, to persuade an audience… The word rhetoric is thrown about in mostly negative ways—accuse someone of employing rhetoric and you have implied a lack of sincerity or content (which [...]

The Death of Grammar & The End of Education

By |2019-06-17T15:19:48-05:00April 23rd, 2017|Categories: Classical Education, Education, Featured, Liberal Learning, Philosophy, Rhetoric, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg, Timeless Essays|

In the educational world today, we ask the wrong question about how students are to become educated. Instead of asking what they should do, we should ask how students ought to be… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg as he explores how the abandoning of [...]

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