Argumentation Library

Rhetorical Perspectives on Argumentation

Selected Essays by David Zarefsky

Authors: Zarefsky, David

  • Provides rare insights into David Zarefsky's particular approach to argumentation studies
  • Complements works in logic and dialectic by offering a specifically rhetorical approach to argumentation
  • Demonstrates the applicability of argumentation to significant questions of public policy
  • Offers detailed case studies as well as theoretical treatments
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About this book

This book contains 20 essays tracing the work of David Zarefsky, a leading North American scholar of argumentation from a rhetorical perspective. The essays cohere around 4 general themes: objectives for studying argumentation rhetorically, approaches to rhetorical study of argumentation, patterns and schemes of rhetorical argumentation, and case studies illustrating the potential of studying argumentation rhetorically. These articles are drawn from across Zarefsky’s 45-year career. Many of these articles originally appeared in publications that are difficult to access today, and this collection brings the reader up to date on the topic.

Zarefsky’s scholarship focuses on the role of language in political argumentation, the ways in which argumentation creates public knowledge and belief, the influence of framing and context on what is said and understood, the deployment of particular patterns and schemes of argumentation in public reasoning, and the influence of debate on politics and governance. All these topics are addressed in this book.

Each of the conceptual essays includes brief application to specific cases, and five extended case studies are also presented in this volume. The case studies cover different themes: two explore famous political debates, the third focuses on presidential rhetoric across the course of United States history, the fourth on the arguments for liberalism at a time of political polarization, and the fifth on the contemporary effort to engage the United States with the Muslim world.

This book is of interest to scholars in the fields of philosophy, logic, law, philosophy of law, and legal history. The range of topics and concepts addressed, the interplay of concepts and cases and the unifying perspective of rhetorical argumentation make this book a valuable read for students of argumentative practice, whether rhetorically or otherwise.

Reviews

“A valuable contribution to argumentation theory is provided in the compilation of 20 essays written by David Zarefsky during his academic career. … Considering the richness of his ideas, the broad area to which they apply and the clever and lucid way in which they are presented to us, David Zarefsky has done the argumentation community a great service.” (Henrike Jansen, Journal of Argumentation in Context, Vol. 4 (3), 2016)

“Their selection and grouping reflect Zarefsky’s choices, and the resulting anthology provides readers, whether students new to argumentation studies or established scholars, with valuable theoretical perspectives as well as models of analysis. … it represents the scholarly achievement of the leading US scholar in argumentation studies and a rhetorical critic nonpareil.” (Jeanne Fahnestock, Argumentation, Vol. 30, 2016)


Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • Reflections on Making the Case

    Zarefsky, David

    Pages 3-13

  • Argument as Hypothesis-Testing

    Zarefsky, David

    Pages 15-24

  • Knowledge Claims in Rhetorical Criticism

    Zarefsky, David

    Pages 25-36

  • What Does an Argument Culture Look Like?

    Zarefsky, David

    Pages 37-47

  • Reclaiming Rhetoric’s Responsibilities

    Zarefsky, David

    Pages 49-58

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eBook $49.99
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Hardcover $69.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-05484-1
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Softcover $69.99
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  • Due: October 20, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-37938-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rhetorical Perspectives on Argumentation
Book Subtitle
Selected Essays by David Zarefsky
Authors
Series Title
Argumentation Library
Series Volume
24
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-05485-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-05485-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-05484-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37938-8
Series ISSN
1566-7650
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 265
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