Rhetoric as epistemic: A classroom-centered view
Taylor & Francis
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.
Soukup, Paul A. (1981). Rhetoric as epistemic: A classroom-centered view. Central States Speech Journal, 32(3), 189-196.