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ERIC Number: ED151886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Pages: 17
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Knowing at the Interface.
Francesconi, Robert
Communication theory and rhetorical theory engage in essentially the same endeavor, that of investigating the transfer of symbolic messages between human beings. The difference between the two disciplines is largely one of focus, a philosophical versus a scientific emphasis. Historically, suggestions for integrating rhetoric and communication theory have failed to recognize these divergent focuses and have assumed a common outlook between the two areas that ultimately repressed fruitful argument, analysis, and synthesis. Paradoxically, an integration of the theories begins at the point of difference, if communication theorists and rhetorical theorists are to work together in exploring the symbolic transfer of human messages and in expanding the possible explanations of human behavior. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Atlanta, Georgia, April 4-7, 1978)