The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #67.1: The Office of Assertion

General Introduction
– Still in the decimals
– I haven’t the faintest idea
– What’s on the blog?
– Last man standing

Conservatism in The Office of Assertion
– Some background
– Conservative or old-fashioned?
– What should freshmen write about?
– Using Crider effectively
– What is interesting student writing?

Crider vs. Standard Freshman Comp.
– Discovery and persuasion
– The “O” word
– Rhetoric and dialectic
– Is there a middle ground?
– Truth as process and un-ignoring

Organization and Arrangement
– Immanent design
– How Crider helps us teach
– Assembly line writing
– Two models for draft meetings

Style
– Memorization and Delivery
– Clause Combination
– Style in other subjects
– How drafting saves time

Responsibility and Education
– How does The Office of Assertion work at Christian colleges?
– Vocational and liberal arts students
The Office of Assertion and the Phaedrus
– Thanks, conservative youth ministers
– Tedious freshman relativism
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Aristotle. Rhetoric. Complete Works of Aristotle. Ed. Jonathan Barnes. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1984.

Austin, Michael (ed). Reading the World: Ideas That Matter. New York: Norton, 2010.

Crider, Scott. The Office of Assertion: An Art of Rhetoric for the Academic Essay. Wilmington, DE: Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2005.

Plato. Gorgias. Complete Works. Ed. John Cooper. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1997.

—. Phaedrus. Complete Works. Ed. John Cooper. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1997.

—. The Republic. Complete Works. Ed. John Cooper. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1997.

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