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The SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies surveys the latest advances in rhetorical scholarship, synthesizing theories and practices across major areas of study in the field and pointing the way for future studies. Edited by Andrea A. Lunsford and Associate Editors Kirt H. Wilson and Rosa A. Eberly, the Handbook aims to introduce a new generation of students to rhetorical study and provide a deeply informed and ready resource for scholars currently working in the field.

Historical and Comparative Rhetorical Studies: Revisionist Methods and New Directions

Rhetoric, Disciplinarity, and Fields of Knowledge
Rhetoric, disciplinarity, and fields of knowledge

Does rhetoric, as Plato had Gorgias claim, have other areas of knowledge under its control? Or, as his Socrates claimed, does rhetoric have no use for knowledge at all? Gorgias seems to concede the point but counts it an advantage rather than a deficiency of rhetoric: “But is this not a great comfort, Socrates, to be able without learning any other arts but this one to prove in no way inferior to the specialists?” (Plato, trans. 1961, p. 459c). This critique of rhetoric mounted in the early part of the Gorgias relies on a sharp distinction between knowledge and opinion, holding that those who are learned about medicine, say, or about music or numbers, can ...

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