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This essay provides an analysis of the rhetoric surrounding Cindy Sheehan during the height of her popularity in August and September 2005. This analysis reveals that grief can function as a form of public argument, thus contributing a more nuanced understanding of what G. Thomas Goodnight has...
Canada's 2008 apology to Indigenous peoples addressed a history of institutionalized racism and aggressive assimilation. Grounded in an ongoing experiment in multinational compromise, the event serves as a case study for the capacities of public argument to motivate productive inter-community...
Studies of statistical versus narrative messages have been inconsistent as to which message type is more persuasive. The current study clarifies this issue by identifying evidentiary features that make each message type gain a persuasive advantage over the other. Amount of evidence and perceived...
Natural, “full blooded” arguments are characterized in two ways: first, by a controlled chaos where structures are unique to each argument, and second, by a commitment to the use of rationality and especially evidence. The dominant modes of scholarship in our field—structural, critical, and...
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