The Grammaticus, July 2014
"Socrates introduces a distinction between the kind of persuasion which produces knowledge in the man who is persuaded, and the kind that does not. In the first case, persuasion consists in offering reasons for holding a belief, and if the belief is accepted, an account can be given to back it up in terms of those reasons; in the second case, persuasion consists in subjecting the audience to psychological pressure which produces an ungrounded conviction. Now Gorgias makes it plain that rhetoric is persuasion not of the former, but of the latter."
- Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue
(In the Margin) Morality, Persuasion, and Academic Love:
To seek the the truism relevant to one's academic thoughtfulness and then apply it to one's own life; [(Persuasion is) to fight for academic love], one fights to make something better and not to make everything else hurt. One fights to question, challenge, and debate one's relationships to not only grow personally, but to devote love into another being. Academic love is persuasion, as persuasion with thoughtful technique is to fight for the common good.
OCT. 2. 2014.