Rhetorical criticism and the challenges of bilateral argument

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To assume editorial responsibilities for Philosophy & Rhetoric after Henry W. Johnstone was to have assumed rather a lot. He was, for starters, a philospher, and I am not. This much appeared to bother Henry not a bit, and in fact it proved the occasion of many productive discussions and facilitated my apprenticeship in ways for which I am still grateful. By trade a rhetorical critic, I was particularly interested in what might be called philosophical style, and in what sense that style might differentiate itself from modes of expression that characterize my disciplinary conventions. Pressed on the subject, Henry observed that one such distinction turned on our respective ways of initiating an argument. Philosophers, he said, start their arguments in mid-sentence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhilosophy and Rhetoric in Dialogue
Subtitle of host publicationRedrawing Their Intellectual Landscape
PublisherPenn State University Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780271027685
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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