A topical approach to argument: an un-enlightened paradigm of rhetorical invention

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dc.contributor Gaines, Robert N.
dc.contributor Black, Jason Edward
dc.contributor Chilcutt, Alexa S.
dc.contributor Niiler, Lucas P.
dc.contributor.advisor Bennett, Beth Susan
dc.contributor.author Duke, Thomas William
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-12T14:32:00Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-12T14:32:00Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003250
dc.identifier.other Duke_alatus_0004D_13639
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/5433
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract In contemporary society, expertise is often a liability for those seeking to persuade the public. This work argues that the contemporary rejection of expertise is caused by a lack of proper rhetorical training, that the lack of rhetorical training is in turn an effect of rhetorical pedagogies rooted in Enlightenment values, and finally that rhetoricians must return to a pre-Enlightenment pedagogy if expertise is ever to obtain the recognition it deserves. Contemporary rhetorical training in argument is examined through a discussion of the argument systems of Stephen Toulmin, Chaïm Perelman, and Aristotle. The important aspects of these argument systems, the Toulmin model of argument, Perelman’s universal audience, and the Aristotelian enthymeme, are reviewed and critiqued. In the latter portion of the work, the study describes a distinctly rhetorical method for inventing arguments and discusses its implications for the problem of popularizing expertise.
dc.format.extent 172 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Rhetoric
dc.subject.other Philosophy
dc.subject.other Communication
dc.title A topical approach to argument: an un-enlightened paradigm of rhetorical invention
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. College of Communication and Information Sciences
etdms.degree.discipline Communication & Information Sciences
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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