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Kathleen Vandenberg

Senior Lecturer, Boston University

Kathleen Vandenberg is a senior lecturer in rhetoric at Boston University. She is interested in urban design, visual rhetoric/advertising, interdisciplinary/experiential learning, style pedagogies, Joan Didion, and the essay.

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Catching desires

Kathleen Vandenberg

I find the response to Julia Welton strange. It begins with a strawman argument–Julia is not arguing that you should “show of all you’ve read;” she’s pointing out that what you are saying is not new. I read the article and came to exactly the same conclusion–Rene Girard wrote about all this, and very clearly and very extensively, to a wide audience over many, many years. [Part of this comment has been removed because it contravened the Aeon community guidelines.] As Julia pointed out, there is a whole colloquia every year about his ideas–I have just come from attending it yesterd...

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What is good rhetoric?

Kathleen Vandenberg

Not at all, the oppoosite. Logos is one of the three artistic proofs of classical rhetoric. Aristotle devoted much attention to reason/syllogism/enthymemes and fallacies. Ethos and pathos are the other two proofs, b/c Aristotle believed humans were not merely logical creatures, but also emotional ones. Quintilian also believed that rhetoricians should be “good men speaking well,” with speaking well indicating both eloquence and wide knowledge. Cicero was at pains to demonstrate that a speaker need a wide liberal arts education. None of these seminal figures in rhetoric believed reason was at all opposed to rhetoric–it was *essential* to it. You would be hard pressed to find any seminal fi...

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