The Office of Assertion: An Art of Rhetoric for the Academic Essay

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Intercollegiate Studies Institute #ad - A frivolous argument or inflated claim is often dismissed with the reply, “That’s just rhetoric!” But as Scott Crider explains in The Office of Assertion, the classical tradition of rhetoric is both a productive and a liberal art. Crider combines practical guidance about how to improve an academic essay with reflection on the final purposes —educational, political, and philosophical—of such improvement.

The Office of Assertion: An Art of Rhetoric for the Academic Essay #ad - This short but serious book is informed by both the ancient rhetorical tradition and recent discoveries concerning the writing process. In that sense, rhetoric is much more than a technical skill. Crider addresses the intelligent university student with respect and humor. The ability to employ rhetoric successfully can enable the student, as an effective communicator, to reflect qualities of soul through argument.

Though practical, it is not simply a “how-to” manual; though philosophical, it never loses sight of writing itself.

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Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies

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Eerdmans #ad - Written with modesty, marilyn mcentyre’s caring for words in a Culture of Lies proposes a revolution of human expression that would bring precision, and grace, keen insight, honesty, and felicity to the spoken and written discourse of contemporary culture. If every literate person in the United States read this book, the result could dramatically transform our society.

. Like any other life-sustaining resource, eroded, “language can be depleted, contaminated, ” says Marilyn McEntyre, polluted, and filled with artificial stimulants. Today more than ever, language needs to be rescued and restored. Drawing on a wide range of sources, both critical and literary, Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies is an engaging address to everyone concerned with preserving the vitality and precision of the spoken and written word.

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Plato: Complete Works

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Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. #ad - This handsome volume offers fine paper and a high-quality Smyth-sewn cloth binding in a sturdy, elegant edition. In his introductory essay, discusses questions concerning the chronology of their composition, comments on the dialogue form in which Plato wrote, John Cooper explains the presentation of these works, and offers guidance on approaching the reading and study of Plato's works.

Plato: Complete Works #ad - Also included are concise introductions by Cooper and Hutchinson to each translation, meticulous annotation designed to serve both scholar and general reader, and a comprehensive index. Outstanding translations by leading contemporary scholars--many commissioned especially for this volume--are presented here in the first single edition to include the entire surviving corpus of works attributed to Plato in antiquity.

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Dover Books on Literature & Drama

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Dover Publications #ad - Brave and chivalrous, as well as others', faithful to his word and ever-mindful of his honor, Gawain represents the model of knightly grace. This parable blends paganistic elements and Christian ethics to celebrate the virtue of forgiveness, and it is frequently assigned to classes in literature and history because of its short length and its excellent representation of chivalric tradition.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Dover Books on Literature & Drama #ad - When a gigantic stranger clad in green armor bursts in on the Round Table assembly to issue a challenge, the gallant Gawain volunteers to do battle for his king. Unabridged republication of sir gawain and the green knight: A Middle-English Arthurian Romance Retold in Modern Prose, New York, originally published by Charles Scribner's Sons, 1909.

This prose rendering of a poem from the late fourteenth century or earlier recounts an adventure undertaken by King Arthur's famous nephew, Sir Gawain.

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The Clouds: "High thoughts must have high language"

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Scribe Publishing #ad - The reality is that little is known of aristophanes actual life but eleven of his forty plays survive intact and upon those rest his deserved reputation as the Father of Comedy or, The Prince of Ancient Comedy. His life and playwriting years were undoubtedly long though again accounts as to the year of his death vary quite widely.

What can be certain is that his legacy of surviving plays is in effect both a treasured legacy but also in itself the only surviving texts of Ancient Greek comedy. Aristophanes seems to have taken this criticism to heart and thereafter caricatured Cleon mercilessly in his subsequent plays, especially The Knights.

The Clouds: "High thoughts must have high language" #ad - His now lost play, the babylonians, was denounced by the demagogue Cleon as a slander against the Athenian polis. Accounts agree that he was born sometime between 456BC and 446 BC. Many cities claim the honor of his birthplace and the most probable story makes him the son of Philippus of Ægina, at times could be cruel, and therefore only an adopted citizen of Athens, a distinction which, though he was raised and educated in Athens.

His plays are said to recreate the life of ancient Athens more realistically than any other author could. Intellectually his powers of ridicule were feared by his influential contemporaries; Plato himself singled out Aristophanes' play The Clouds as a slander that contributed to the trial and condemning to death of Socrates and although other satirical playwrights had also caricatured the philosopher his carried the most weight.

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The History of Alexander Classics

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Penguin #ad - Curtius' history offers a great deal of information unobtainable from other sources of the time. Alexander the great 356-323 bc, who led the macedonian army to victory in Egypt, Persia and India, Syria, was perhaps the most successful conqueror the world has ever seen. A compelling narrative of a turbulent era, those of macedonia's great war with Persia, stirring speeches and brutal battles - among them, detailing court intrigue, the work recounts events on a heroic scale, which was to culminate in Alexander's final triumph over King Darius and the defeat of an ancient and mighty empire.

The History of Alexander Classics #ad - . It also provides by far the most plausible and haunting portrait of Alexander we possess: a brilliantly realized image of a man ruined by constant good fortune in his youth. Yet although no other individual has attracted so much speculation across the centuries, Alexander himself remains an enigma.

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Democracy in America

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Signet #ad - He analyzes the influence of political parties and the press on the government and the effect of equality on the social, political, and economic life of the American people. French nobleman alexis de Tocqueville's classic treatise on the American way of life. Over 175 years ago, alexis de tocqueville, an astute political scientist, came to the United States to evaluate the meaning and actual functioning of democracy.

Here, tocqueville discusses the advantages and dangers of majority rule—which he thought could be as tyrannical as the rule of a monarchy. He also offers some startling predictions about world politics, which history has borne out. So brilliant and penetrating are his comments and criticisms, they have vital meaning today for all who are interested in democracy.

Democracy in America #ad - Abridged and with an Introduction by Richard D. Heffnerand an Afterword by Vartan Gregorian.

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Alexander the Great: The Anabasis and the Indica Oxford World's Classics

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OUP Oxford #ad - 86-161 ad, set out to write the definitive account of alexander's life and campaigns, a Greek man of letters who had experience of military command and of the highest political office in both Rome and Athens, published as the Anabasis and its later companion piece the Indica . Arrian admired alexander and was fascinated by him, but was also alive to his faults: he presents a compelling account of an exceptional leader, ruthless, brilliant, passionate, and complex.

About the series: for over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. He was a man like no other man has ever been'so arrian sums up the career of alexander the great of Macedon 356-323 BC, who in twelve years that changed the world led his army in conquest of a vast empire extending from the Danube to the rivers of the Punjab, from Egypt to Uzbekistan, and died in Babylon at the age of 32 with further ambitions unfulfilled.

Alexander the Great: The Anabasis and the Indica Oxford World's Classics #ad - Arrian c. His work is now our prime and most detailed extant source for the history of Alexander, and it is a dramatic story, fast-moving like its main subject, and told with great narrativeskill. Each affordable volume reflects oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Ancient Rhetoric: From Aristotle to Philostratus Penguin Classics

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Penguin #ad - Classical rhetoric is one of the earliest versions of what is today known as media studies. It was absolutely crucial to life in the ancient world, or on ceremonial occasions, the legislature, whether in the courtroom, and was described as either the art of the persuasion or the art of speaking well. This anthology brings together all the most important ancient writings on rhetoric, including works by Cicero, Aristotle, Quintilian and Philostratus.

Ranging across such themes as memory, persuasion, delivery and style, it provides a fascinating introduction to classical rhetoric and will be an invaluable sourcebook for students of the ancient world.

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Great American Short Stories Dover Thrift Editions

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Dover Publications #ad - Perfect for classroom use, this outstanding collection of tales will also prove popular with fiction readers everywhere. Scott fitzgerald's "bernice bobs her hair, ambrose bierce, willa Cather, " plus stories by Mark Twain, Theodore Dreiser, Sarah Orne Jewett, Stephen Crane, Charles Chesnutt, Kate Chopin, and others.

Featuring 19 of the finest works from the most distinguished writers in the American short-story tradition, this new compilation begins with Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1835 tale "Young Goodman Brown" and ranges across an entire century, concluding with Ernest Hemingway's 1927 classic, "The Killers. Other selections include poe's "the tell-tale heart, " harte's "the luck of roaring Camp, " "To Build a Fire, " Melville's "Bartleby, "The Real Thing" by Henry James, " by Jack London, F.

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The Writer's Workshop: Imitating Your Way to Better Writing

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Intercollegiate Studies Institute #ad - By living in their workshops and apprenticing to these and other masters, painters, apprentice writers—like apprentice musicians, and blacksmiths of the past—will rapidly improve the complexity of their art and discover their own native voices. Interspersed into chapters full of sound practical advice and challenging assignments are reflections on Great Ideas from “Realism and Impressionism” to “Nominalism and Modern Science.

Perfect for the college or even high school writing classroom—as well as a marvelous book for homeschoolers and others who would like to improve their own writing—The Writer’s Workshop is a fine practical guide, and Dr. Today, rhetoric and composition typically proceed by ignoring what was done for 2, 500 years in Western education.

The Writer's Workshop: Imitating Your Way to Better Writing #ad - The writer’s workshop takes an approach to teaching writing that is new only because it is so old. Roper a friendly yet demanding teacher-mentor. Gregory roper, charles dickens, thomas aquinas, on the other hand, Sojourner Truth, James Joyce, including Cicero, helps students learn to write in the way the great writers of the past themselves learned: by carefully imitating masters of the craft, and Ernest Hemingway.

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