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By John Keegan

The acclaimed writer of The Face of conflict examines facilities of clash in quite a few different societies and cultures.

"Keegan is right away the main readable and the main unique of residing army historians . . . A background of battle may be the main awesome learn of battle that has but been written." --The big apple occasions e-book evaluate.

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For this purpose, it is indispensable to incorporate a rhetorical dimension into the reconstruction of the discourse. (van Eemeren and Houtlosser 1999a, 164) There is no question, however, about the appropriate relationship here—rhetoric is the handmaid of dialectic, and rhetorical moves operate within a dialectical framework (van Eemeren and Houtlosser 1999c, 493). This contrasts markedly, as they note, with rhetorical theorists Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca, who bring elements of dialectic into rhetoric (van Eemeren and Houtlosser 1999a, 165).

10. Of interest here is one of Feyerabend’s (1967) occasional remarks on argument. In discussing how arguments are observed in theatre, he noted that “an argument is more than an abstractly presented train of reasoning, for it involves the behavior, strategies, and appearances of the disputants and onlookers” (Preston 1999, 10). qxd 4/16/04 6:24 PM Page 29 2 Argument as Rhetorical . . ❖ ❖ ❖ INTRODUCTION: RHETORIC’S ORIGIN Argument, like rhetoric, comes out of the ancient Greek world. Also, like rhetoric, its emergence is to some degree indistinct and carries with it elements of controversy.

The universal audience is the source for our standard of what is reasonable. qxd 4/16/04 6:22 PM Page 26 26——RHETORICAL ARGUMENTATION face of reason over time and human communities. Latter parts of the chapter show how a universal audience can be used both in constructing argumentation and, importantly, in evaluating it. The evaluation of arguments leads to the final substantive investigation of the book: from a rhetorical perspective, what criterion best serves us, truth or acceptability? The challenge comes from a logical perspective on argumentation that specifically rejects rhetoric because of its abandonment of a truth criterion.

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