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The Essential Enthymeme

Propositions for Educating Students in a Modern World

Edited By Jorge Juan Vega y Vega

The enthymeme in education is essential because it reflects what humans do when they think. It informs not only how we make inferences about the world to discover new knowledge, but also how we express those discoveries to influence the minds of others. Thus, the enthymeme provides an effective pedagogical approach to the analysis and synthesis of ideas in the classroom. In this volume, such an approach is applied to composition instruction, second-language learning, advertising, specialized medical texts, and detective fiction to help prepare students for the challenges of modern life. (Michael D. Hood)
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Jorge Juan Vega y Vega - Conclusion: The Enthymeme for Educational Purposes Today


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Conclusion: The Enthymeme for Educational Purposes Today

As seen in the previous chapters, the enthymeme and the rhetorical universe it inhabits occupy a central role for teaching in general. The efficacy of the enthymeme will be confirmed if we consider the broadest and essential objectives which the educational institution has to pursue, whose methodological foundations were already configured in Quintilian’s Institutes of Oratory and whose highest feature is undoubtedly the full realization of the person. As a result, the goals that all educative systems should attempt to fulfil can be articulated according to the following diagram, which is intended to represent a general model of application. Ensuring a shareable connexion between tradition and modernity, the enthymeme is a real, useful and simple operation to promote progress efficiently. In fact, educative systems and curricula are usually related to three areas of intervention: a) Content, b) Operations, and c) Values.

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