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