General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title The Art Of Dialogue
Language English
Module lecturer dr hab. Bartosz Hordecki
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Assistant Professor
Faculty Faculty of Political Science and Journalism
Semester 2023/2024 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 14-XAODG


"The Art of Dialogue" course will be conducted on Tuesdays from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism (Uniwersytetu Poznańskiego 5 Street, room 133).

The first meeting will take place on March 4.

Module aim (aims)

1. presenting the art of dialogue as a constantly evolving concept (from antiquity to contemporary times)

2. developing students' ability to plan out and conduct complex dialogues

3. supporting proficiency in constructing arguments of high quality

4. practising critical evaluation of argumentative, persuasive and manipulative statements (including recognition of eristic techniques)

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

No pre-requisites


Week 1: Basic opinions on the art of dialogue - antiquity

Week 2: Basic opinions on the art of dialogue - contemporary times

Week 3: The essence of argumentation, persuasion and manipulation

Week 4: The concept, structure and meaning of the ideologized discussion

Week 5: Slogan as an element of non-dialogical forms of discussion

Week 6: Dialectics – the art of discussion

Week 7: Eristic – the art of winning disputes (Schopenhauer’s view)

Week 8: Eristic – the art of winning disputes (non-Schopenhauer’s view)

Week 9: Modern and contemporary schools of discussion; exercising their recommendations in practice

Week 10: Rhetorical conventions - practice (selected tropes, figures of thought, figures of speech, principles of good expression)

Week 11: Rhetorical conventions – critique (honesty and convention in public speaking, effective expression in speech and writing, editing sb’s own statements, evaluation of other’s statements

Week 12: Analogies, metaphors, narratives

Week 13: The principles for constructing argumentative speech; analysis of the statements of dialoguing parties

Week 14: Creation of dialogue

Week 15: Relations between the art of dialogue and ethics in ancient, modern and contemporary conceptions

Reading list

1. Schopenhauer A. (2007), The Art of Controversy, Cosimo Inc., New York.

2. Aristotle (2010), Rhetoric, Cosimo Inc., New York.

3. Lausberg H. (1998), Handbook of Literary Rhetoric: A Foundation for Literary Study, BRILL, Leiden.

4. Henning J. (2008), The Art of Discussion-Based Teaching: Opening Up Conversation in the Classroom, Routledge, New York.

5. Wierciński A. (ed.) (2011), Gadamer's Hermeneutics and the Art of Conversation, LIT Verlag Münster, Berlin.

6. Dillon J. T. (ed.) (1988), Questioning and Discussion: A Multidisciplinary Study, Greenwood Publishing Group, Norwood.

7. Garver E. (1994), Aristotle’s Rhetoric, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

8. Enos T. (2013), Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition: Communication from Ancient Times to the Modern Age, Routledge, New York.

9. Kerferd G. B. (1981), The Sophistic Movement, Cambridge UP, Cambridge.

10. Walton D. N. (1998), The New Dialectic: Conversational Contexts of Argument, University of Toronto Press Inc., Toronto.

11. Walton D. N. (1999), One-Sided Arguments: A Dialectical Analysis of Bias, State University of New York Press, Albany.

12. Olmsted W. (2006), Rhetoric. A historical introduction, Blackwell Publishing, Malden.

13. Richards J. (2008), Rhetoric, Routledge, New York.

14. Connor U., Nagelhout E., Rozycki W. V. (eds.) (2008), Contrastive Rhetoric. Reaching to intercultural Rhetoric, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam.

15. Worthington I. (ed.) (2010), A Companion to Greek Rhetoric, Wiley-Blackwell, Malden.

16. Warnick B. (2007), Rhetoric Online: Persuasion and Politics on the World Wide Web, Peter Lang Publishing Inc., New York.