Essay on Analysis of Analytical Discrimination

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Analysis of Analytical Discrimination

If one was required to put a definition on analytical discrimination, what would it mean? In the article “Discrimination is a virtue,” author Robert Keith Miller discusses the word “discrimination” and its true meanings, stating it as just knowing a difference. So if the question were asked once again, would it be possible to discriminate the appeals used in analytical analysis? Miller presents us stories and examples to point out a “lost” definition of a word often overheard, but never studied. His use of appeals sides with logos, discriminates against ethos, and makes anti-pathos a reality. His writing appeals to the mind, leaving much to ponder, though these thoughts may be
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One must have their own interest in the subject to enjoy the read, and this is who he is trying to reach. He knows people need an interest in understanding to actually understand.

Miller tries to broaden the minds of the reader in his article. His point is to evoke thoughts and understanding of the views, trying to widen the vocabulary and the use of this vocabulary in the readers. He sets something in front of people to be eaten up and digested, so its nutrients are later regurgitated into a healthy process of ideas and thoughts. These thoughts are about the word discrimination, but I find he has an underlying focus on language in general. Readers are given one word, but then contextualize it and find more words used with it, soon starting to think about language use and perception as a whole. Miller supplies the reader a consciousness of the word use so that they may communicate and understand its every meaning, being able to use it in an educated form in differing contexts.

Miller has ethos at his fingertips with his history in English writing and knowledge of the language. He introduces his essay with a story showing a misunderstanding with horrible repercussions, appealing to pathos and making a logical breakdown of the situation. This example showed how pathos could have been made aware in the right situation, but was still a logos situation.

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