The study of argumentation has primarily focused on logical and dialectical approaches, with minimal attention given to the rhetorical facets of argument. Rhetorical Argumentation: Principles of Theory and Practice approaches argumentation from a rhetorical point of view and demonstrates how logical and dialectical considerations depend on the rhetorical features of the argumentative situation. Throughout this text, author Christopher W. Tindale identifies how argumentation as a communicative practice can best be understood by its rhetorical features.  

… And Rhetoric as Argument

… And rhetoric as argument

Introduction: Rhetorical Figures and Arguments

The last chapter explored argument as rhetoric. Now we want to turn things around and ask whether rhetoric, or at least traditional rhetorical devices like the figures, can serve as argument. Reboul (1989) raises just this question when he asks: “Can a figure of rhetoric be an argument? Can it be an element of argumentation?” (169). A recent study of rhetorical figures in the domain of science by American scholar Fahnestock (1999) suggests a very deep relationship between figures and arguments to the point where figures can be seen to play important argumentative roles. In this chapter, we will look closely at the work of Reboul and Fahnestock, as well as that ...

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