Persuasion Relies On Communication That Influences Beliefs, Attitudes, And Values

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Persuasion relies on means of communication that influences beliefs, attitudes, and values. Philosophers throughout the course of history have encountered many dilemmas involving such. Galileo Galilei, an Italian philosopher is a prime example of a man who faced resistance in his act of persuasion. Considering his background, Galileo’s agenda was to argue the value of the Bible against the many discoveries of science. His pro science position, created a discrepancy amongst the people. Showing that his goals to persuade others with science seemed small compared to the Bible. In all honestly, Galileo was a man with knowledge and wit, but it is common to be a man with multiple fallacies. Ironically, these fallacies within Galileo, are traits that he finds in men who argue against him and science. Galileo notes that “these men have resolved to fabricate a shield for their fallacies out of the mantle of pretended religion.” Rather than explaining this idea of “pretended religion” Galileo leaves it up for the audience to interpret. This is one example of how Galileo lacks reasoning in his goal of persuading others. Not only does Galileo neglect the reason behind the influence of the Bible, he also neglects the values of the people who follow it. Galileo immediately jumps to the conclusion that the Bible is for people who do not “consume oneself tirelessly in the most laborious disciplines.” Which shows that he is rejecting the legacy that has been passed down into…

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