These videos are all useful in introducing rhetoric as the flip side of Critical Thinking. Rhetoric can be distracting and misleading. However, it can also be useful in getting us engaged in an argument in the first place. We need to practise distinguishing the argument from the rhetoric.

General explanation of rhetoric

Hitler’s rhetorical skills

A good example of the negative effects of rhetoric

Winston Churchill speech

There is a very simple and basic argument in this speech, but most of it is rhetoric.

Barack Obama speeches

Can we distinguish any argument amidst the rhetoric here?

Steven Pinker on political rhetoric

Pinker explains how politicians use framing and vagueness

The ad hominem fallacy

Example of a fallacy often found in rhetoric

Dan Quayle and Lloyd Bentsen

Famous example of an unfair ad hominem attack