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Blogging & Other Informal Writing

Posts at the University of Texas Digital Writing & Research Lab publication Blogging Pedagogy

Posts at the University of Texas Digital Writing & Research Lab publication viz.

From The Rostra posts

Scholarly Writing

Excerpt from Dissertation

Engagement is key to my understanding of responsible rhetoric in this dissertation. Discussants reasoning in an engaged, accurate manner with each other’s positions enact a responsible persuasion. I think the most salient point of contact between rhetoric and writing and argumentation theory is Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca’s discussion of argument in The New Rhetoric: A Treatise on Argumentation—and in particular their treatment of the idea of responsibility….

“Rhetoric, Dialectic and Derailment in Church-State Arguments” presented at the Ontario for the Study of Argumentation 2009. Full paper available at Archive of OSSA Proceedings.

Abstract: This paper will examine chronically derailed church-state separation arguments in order to explore the extent to which rhetorical and dialectical approaches can be reconciled. I will consider broader conceptions of rhetoric than those employed to date in studies of strategic manoeuvring. While rhetorical appeals, such as claims of persecution, can terminally polarize church-state arguments, they may also serve as means for recovering from dialectical derailment.

 

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