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ERIC Number: ED099940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Pages: 10
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Theory-Building and Rhetorical Criticism.
Hart, Roderick P.
Theory-building in any field of inquiry is essential and utilitarian. This paper argues two points: that a concern for theory could redirect some of our typical approaches to rhetorical criticism; and that generic criticism must, by its nature, fully respond to this call for theory-building. Four important areas of rhetorical criticism are discussed: (1) what we choose to study in general, (2) what we choose to study in particular, (3) how we choose to study such things, and (4) what we might do with the results. The ways in which rhetorical genres or speech types are conceptualized and dealt with critically will profoundly affect the value of the resulting theory. Three approaches to rhetorical genres which are available are space-time setting, rhetorical purpose, and ideational thrust. It is concluded that if the theory-based posture were used, it would be possible for rhetorical critics to describe suasive message extensively enough so that intelligent hypotheses would emerge, eventually lend themselves to experimental verification or rejection, and later to theoretical enlargement. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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