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Dr. Miriam Wright. Kay Moderwell

Making a case: Philosopher to discuss role of rhetoric

Through its history, there has been a suspicion of rhetoric’s role in building arguments, says philosophy professor Christopher Tindale – a belief it has greater capacity to exploit than to edify. It’s a suspicion he does not share.

“Rhetoric operates as a positive force throughout society, transforming experience in all walks of life,” Dr. Tindale says. “The tools rhetoric brings to the practice and understanding of argumentation are powerful and necessary.”