New PDF release: A World of Ideas: Essential Readings for College Writers

By Lee A. Jacobus

ISBN-10: 1457604361

ISBN-13: 9781457604362

Book Details:

ISBN: 1457604361
EAN: 9781457604362
ASIN: 1457604361
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication Date: 2013-01-04
Number of Pages: 960
Website: Amazon, LibraryThing, Google Books, Goodreads

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The first and bestselling reader of its style, A global of Ideas introduces scholars to nice thinkers whose principles have formed civilizations all through heritage. while scholars pay attention names like Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Jr., or Sigmund Freud, they realize the writer as very important - they usually upward push to the problem of enticing with the textual content and comparing it significantly. No different composition reader deals a related selection of crucial readings besides the supportive equipment scholars have to comprehend, examine, and reply to them.

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Francis Bacon (p. 879) uses the technique of enumeration by partitioning his essay into four sections. Enumeration is especially useful when the writer wishes to be very clear or to cover a subject point by point, using each point to accumulate more authority in the discussion. Martin Luther King Jr. (p. indd 29 21-11-2012 10:53:07 30 WRITING ABOUT IDEAS that St. Paul wrote similar letters to help early Christians better understand the nature of their faith. By alluding to the Bible and St. Paul, King effectively reminds his audience that they all were serving God.

If we were to follow Machiavelli’s advice, then we would choose American presidents on the basis of whether or not they had been good military leaders. Among those we would not have chosen might be Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Those who were high-ranking military men include George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. If you followed Machiavelli’s rhetorical technique of using examples to convince your audience, you could choose from either group to prove your case.

To demonstrate his point, he gives us examples of those who lost their positions as princes because they avoided being armed. He clearly expects these examples to be persuasive. A second important theme pervading Machiavelli’s essay is his view on moral behavior. For Machiavelli, being in power is much more important than being virtuous. He is quick to admit that vice is not desirable and that the worst vices will harm the prince’s reputation. But he also says that the prince need not worry about the “less serious” vices.

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