As nouns the difference between rhetoric and dialectic is that rhetoric is the art of using language, especially public speaking, as a means to persuade while dialectic is any formal system of reasoning that arrives at a truth by the exchange of logical arguments.
Question: Using the above as our definitions, which is more likely to arrive at truth or REALITY?
Another definition I learned years ago from the book Biblical Logic by Joel McDurmon – Logic is the systematic study and practice of discerning and speaking the truth!
So what are the odds of learning the truth from rhetoric or dialectic?
Furthermore….. The importance of rhetoric - by Vox Day (Facts are observably incapable of persuading MOST of the US population. - think what that means, eh!) - In other words, facts are observably incapable of persuading MOST of the US population. Their minds are not changed by the receipt of new information, regardless of how accurate it may be. As much as 80 percent of the population is totally impervious to observation, statistics, eyewitness testimony, genetic science, and documentary evidence. Considering their ability to resist observable reality, how susceptible do you think they are likely to be to logic and abstract reason?
I conclude that less than five percent of the population is even subject to persuasion by logic and less than two percent are reliably capable of being persuaded by it. And if these facts are insufficient to persuade you that dialectic is an intrinsically limited tool that must always be supplemented by rhetoric to be generally effective, well, welcome to the 98 percent.
The more often, and more quickly, you are able to recognize truth in your daily life, the more likely it is that you will become part of that small minority of the human race that lives in the real world rather than inhabiting a state of waking dreams.
Today’s Reality: Those limited to the rhetoric should never be expected to directly answer dialectical questions. Because they can’t! All they have is emotion, and emotion is intrinsically irrational and incoherent.
And liars will never be troubled by their inconsistency. It’s the least of their concerns.