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"I'd compare it to the fresh mind that has no position"

It's important to remember that in general no such mind is possible. "that searches for Truth and Tone" - to do so involves having a position about "Truth" and its value, what would count as searching, evidence, etc.

"for me, rhetoric is the art of convincing the undecided"

Or changing the mind of the decided. As in the quotation you used, it's quite general, "rhetoric concerns human discourse" - it can also just entertain: "It was a very amusing speech - and I didn't believe a word of it".

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Thu Dec 4th, 2008 at 08:46:07 AM EST

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