Title

Rhetoric as epistemic: A classroom-centered view

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1981

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Abstract

Rhetoric's claim to an epistemological role depends first upon the primary role of language in knowing: the word of speech or thought has a prior claim to knowledge and is only subsequently joined by rhetoric. The functions of rhetoric in the classroom—synthesis, discovery, arrangement, persuasion, and memory—provide a starting point and a perspective from which to examine the epistemic claims of rhetoric.

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