Argumentation Theory and the Rhetoric of Assent

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Argumentation Theory and the Rhetoric of Assent is a collection of contemporary essays that addresses the general question of when, if ever, assent to a proposition is justified"", aiming to break new ground in the modern study of argumentation theory and practice. Following the lead of Wayne Booth in ""Modern Dogma and the Rhetoric of Assent"", the authors in this collection seek in argumentation theory an alternative to the dissensus bred by skepticsm and the consensus bred by faithful adherence to dogma. While they all address the central problematic of assent, they do so from a variety of perspectives, traversing much of the field of argumentation studies. In their considerations of the general question, many essays move inexorably toward considerations of power.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 160.53 x 236.98 x 22.35mm | 539.77g
  • Alabama, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0817305092
  • 9780817305093

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"An important collection [with] a wealth of insights. . . . In recent years, students of public argumentation have noted with growing dismay that the adjudicative role traditionally assigned to the public in a democracy seems to have diminished significantly. The essays in this book address the factors responsible for this paradoxical state of affairs and offer provocative suggestions for the reclamation of the public sphere for the public. . . . The volume is a spirited reaffirmation of argumentaion's role in contemporary society." --Quarterly Journal of Speech
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About Northeast Missouri State University David Cratis Williams (Assistant Professor of Communication USA)

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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