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Philosophy & Rhetoric – Special Issue

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Author:  James Crosswhite

 James Crosswhite edited and wrote the introduction and closing article for this special issue of the journal Philosophy and Rhetoric, which includes contributors from Belgium, Canada, Germany, and the US. English Department graduate student William Driscoll and UO Honors College Dean David Frank developed a definitive scholarly bibliography on the new rhetoric project for the volume. 

The special issue grew out of a conference held at the University of Oregon in 2008 titled “The Promise of Reason: The New Rhetoric after 50 Years.” That conference was planned by Professors John Gage, Anne Laskaya, David Frank, and James Crosswhite, and it drew over 120 scholars from 13 different countries. The issue and the conference were both dedicated to assessing the meaning and influence of one of the 20th Century’s greatest works on rhetorical theory: Chaim Perelman and Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca’s The New Rhetoric: A Treatise on Argumentation.