General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title The Art of Dialogue
Language English
Module lecturer dr Bartosz Hordecki
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Political Science and Journalism
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 14-XAODG


Wednesdays from 4:45 to 6:15 pm

Faculty of Political Science and Journalism (ul. Uniwersytetu Poznańskiego 5, room 127)

Module aim (aims)

C01 presentation of the art of dialogue in comparison with other forms of discussing, outline of changes in thinking about the art of dialogue (from antiquity to contemporary times)C02 developing the capacity of planning out complex argumentative activities and arguing in accordance with the adopted strategy and tacticC03 mastering the skills of preparing statements without resorting to eristic techniquesC04 preparing the student to 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)


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 ideologized discussion Week 5: Modern and contemporary schools of discussion; exercising their recommendations in practiceWeek 6: Rhetorical conventions - practice (selected tropes, figures of thought, figures of speech, principles of good expression) Week 7: Rhetorical conventions – critique (honesty and convention in public speaking, effective expression in speech and writing, editing sb’s own statements, evaluation of other’s statementsWeek 8: Analogy and metaphor – confrontation of concepts Week 9: The principles for constructing argumentative speech; analysis of the statements of dialoguing parties Week 10: Creation of dialogue Week 11: Relations between the art of dialogue and ethics in ancient, modern and contemporary conceptions Week 12: Slogan as an element of non-dialogical forms of discussion Week 13: Dialectics – the art of discussion Week 14: Eristic – the art of winning disputes (Schopenhauer’s view) Week 15: Eristic – the art of winning disputes (non-Schopenhauer’s view)

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. T. Enos (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. An 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.