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Although they display the virtue of elegance, models of argument—including the Toulmin model—are poor sources of invention. The New Rhetoric's account of argumentation sometimes resembles a model, and like a model provides no direct aid to invention. However, the treatise is so philosophically...
Dissociation is a key argument technique in Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca's new rhetoric. In this essay, I consider how dissociation work in argumentative contexts. I explore dissociation in two rhetorical exchanges: one features the representation of the post-World War II Romanian Diaspora and...
The question “Who is a Jew” provokes intense argument about identity. Answers to this question attempt to define what Gorenberg calls “family boundaries” and have significant consequences. Such attempts invite argument by dissociation and involve the notions of communion and the universal...
While there is abundant scholarship on extant presidential libraries, rejected presidential library proposals are comparatively understudied. Here, we analyze the public controversies surrounding Richard Nixon's and Ronald Reagan's ill-fated plans for housing their presidential libraries at Duke...
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