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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.

The Study of Argumentation
The study of argumentation

Argumentation” is a word from ordinary language that has been given a more precise and technical meaning in the study of argumentation. According to the handbook Fundamentals of Argumentation Theory, which was coauthored by a prominent group of argumentation scholars, argumentation can be defined as a verbal, social, and rational activity aimed at convincing a reasonable critic of the acceptability of a standpoint by advancing a constellation of propositions justifying or refuting the proposition expressed in the standpoint (van Eemeren et al., 1996). This definition does justice to the “process-product ambiguity” of the word argumentation: It not only refers to the activity of advancing reasons but also to the shorter or longer stretches of discourse or text resulting ...

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