By Sarah Pride.
Patrick Henry College
Dr. James Tallmon, professor of rhetoric at Patrick Henry College
“…in summation . . . man is not nor ever can be nor ever should be a depersonalized thinking machine. His feeling is the activity in him most closely related to what used to be called his soul. To appeal to his feeling therefore is not necessarily an insult; it can be a way to honor him, by recognizing the fullness of his being.”
Along these lines, classical rhetoric teaches the use of all means of persuasion, including both reason and emotion, head and heart.
Isaiah McPeak ('08), founder of Ethos Debate
McPeak is currently running Debate Camp at PHC with other alumni through their company, Ethos Debate. He and Tim Snyder (’09), Nathanael Yellis (’08) and Kawika Vellalos (’08) have taught dozens of debate camps around their country since their stint as fellow leaders on PHC’s championship debate team during their undergrad years. Weaver’s arguments fit well with Ethos Debate’s purpose to teach that rhetoric “is essentially moral,” in McPeak’s words.
“We teach how to become an effective and ethical communicator,” he explains.
Dr. Tallmon will deliver the lecture in the public reading and webcast on July 26 at 8:00 pm Eastern time.
View a dynamic presentation about “Language is Sermonic” on the Rhetoric Ring here.