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ERIC Number: ED079779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Pages: 14
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Criticism: Ephemeral and Enduring.
Campbell, Karlyn Kohrs
In spite of the material seeking to define rhetoric and approaches to its study, few attempts have been made to stipulate qualities of "rhetorical acts meriting critical attention" or critical outcomes that serve social or professional functions. Rhetorical criticism, to be useful, must perform a unique function for society as well as for the speech communication discipline. Some distinction must be made between those critical acts designed for a social function and those intended to contribute to rhetorical theory. The foundation of rhetorical theory lies in Herbert Wichelns' belief that rhetorical criticism, rather than being concerned with permanence, beauty, or effects as such, regards rhetorical acts as symbolic acts; the purpose of rhetorical criticism is to discover and explain the symbolic processes available to human beings as revealed in these acts. (RN)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Assn. (Minneapolis, April, 1973)