Week 5: Group A

Preparation Guide 2012

The Rhetorical Argument Move

One of the earliest problems addressed by contemporary theorizers was the exclusion of argument from rhetoric. This traces back to the Ramist and Port Royalist's division of invention (assigned to dialectic) from rhetoric. In the twentieth century this influence remained in the teaching of formal logic as practical logic. The theorists working on this problem worked to attack this interpretation of practical reasoning. Their problem was to construct an alternative model for practical reasoning based in rhetoric.

With an infrastructure of conferences and journals supporting this work, this has been one of the most active of the pursuits in contemporary rhetorical theory.

Clusters: Mechanistic argument; Field theory; Narrative argument; Good reasons, Informal logic, Pragma-dialectics..

Questions to stimulate thought:

Basic Readings:

Additional Reading:

Recent Work: (Selected by Jessica Lu, Annie Laurie Nichols, and Harry O'Hara )

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The Epistemic Move

Once argument was torn loose from its position as an inferior derivation of formal logic, the implications of that change began to be traced. Robert L. Scott posited that if rhetorical and scientific logic were different then there must be a rhetorical way of knowing. The epistemic work sought to trace down the implication of practical reasoning on human knowledge.

Clusters: Social Knowledge; Social Epistemics, Rhetoric of Science, Rhetoric of Inquiry.

Preparing for Class:

1. We want to use three clusters instead of four, grouping social epistemics and social epistemology together. Read the following definitions:

2. After reading, do you agree with these definitions? Do you disagree with any of them?

3. Find passages/phrases/examples from the reading for each cluster. Note the passage and page number. These passages are “Ah ha” moments that helped you clarify the meaning of the cluster.

Basic Readings:

Additional Reading:

Recent Work (Selected by Megan Callow, Kim Hannah, and Thomas McCloskey):

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