Finding the Straw Man
November 14, 2011 7:58 PM Subscribe
Academics: Searching with texts that promote a fair hearing for the opposition.
posted by Tennyson D'San to education (3 answers total)
I'm looking for texts, scholarly or otherwise, that deal directly with how opponents are fairly (or unfairly) represented in literature and rhetoric. I'm trying to create a homiletical taxonomy for how opponents are described... and how scholars and speakers portray the opposition (weak development, flat characterization, stereotypification, etc.).
These could be from the fields of debate, rhetoric, sociology, homiletics, theater, anything really.
In other words, I want to examine the use of the straw-man fallacy in modern rhetoric. Eventually I want to develop a rubric for analyzing the portrayal of the opponent in public speaking for use in a classroom setting.
Any sources that come to mind would be greatly appreciated.