Argumentation Theory and the Rhetoric of Assent

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University of Alabama Press, Nov 30, 1990 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 230 pages
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The themes of the essays in Argumentation Theory and the Rhetoric of Assent all coalesce around the general question: "When, if ever, is assent justified?" The question immediate triggers complex and multifaceted considerations of argument and, ultimately, power. In parsing out the nature of assent, the essays take divers approaches: aesthetic and symbolist, rationalistic and formalistic, field theory, various conceptualizations of a public sphere, etc. Together, they offer an insightful exploration of an exciting new terrain argumentation studies.


 
 

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Contents

Principles of Warranted
17
Realism and the Rhetoric of Assent
33
An Exploration of Form and Force in Rhetoric
53
The Implied Arguer
79
Metaphor and Presence in Argument
91
Purpose Argument Evaluation and the Crisis in the Public
119
Three Diagnoses
135
Marxism and Rhetorical Theory
157
The Rhetorical Tradition Modern Communication and
173
References
196
Contributors
220
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David Cratis Williams is Assistant Professor of Speech Communication at the University of Missouri, Rolla.

Michael David Hazen is Professor of Speech Communication at Wake Forest University.

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