What’s the Use of Classical Rhetoric?

Classical Rhetoric is not just about saying things persuasively, it’s about building a persuasive argument, even when you are trying to persuade yourself. That ain’t easy.

In today’s apprenticeship conference call, apprentices mentioned four different decisions people have used LTW tools to help them reason through;

  1. Whether I should go to Colorado
  2. Whether I should move out of my apartment
  3. Which school I should go to
  4. And my favorite: How can I persuade my parents to buy me an Xbox?

On the last one, a student asked her teacher to help her develop this one.

When classical education was lost, education became impractical. It never has been under the classical vision! That’s yet another reason why you need the Lost Tools of Writing (and maybe even to join the apprenticeship).

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