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.  

Rhetorical Contexts and the Dialogical

Rhetorical contexts and the dialogical

Introduction: Dialogue and Dialogues

Our uncovering of the rhetorical argumentation in early Greek texts in Chapter 2, and the last chapter's assessment of the role that rhetorical figures play in argumentation, have one very important feature in common—the centrality of audience. Our focus has shifted quickly from the argument and its source (the arguer) to its destination (the audience). Now we must ask what kind of relationship best captures the interaction between the agents in an argumentative situation. Everything that has been said so far certainly indicates that it cannot be a passive relationship. The participants in argumentation enter into an active communication: they enter into an argumentative dialogue.

Rhetorical argumentation is dialogical. That is, there is a ...

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