Category Archives: What is Rhetoric?

Rhetoric as a Character Building Art, by Derek Hickerson ’09

Note: Last year we asked our senior majors to reflect on the meaning of Rhetoric. We asked this year’s seniors to do the same thing. Over the next few days we will post some of their responses.                Rhetoric … Continue reading

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Jared Conaway ’08: What is Rhetoric?

By Jared Conaway ’08, senior Rhetoric major              Inevitably, when one is approaching a question as broad as this, one must do their best to immediately set the boundaries in which they will define the identified term. My definition of … Continue reading

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“Rhetoric Defined,” by Thomas Bell ’08

By Thomas Bell ’08, senior Rhetoric major  Rhetoric Defined              In the minds of many, rhetoric as an area of study has a negative reputation.  And those who do not negatively critique rhetoric typically do not give this area of … Continue reading

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What is Rhetoric? Gabe Guerrero ’08 responds

By Gabe Guerrero ’08, senior Rhetoric major “What is rhetoric”? “Rhetoric” is probably regarded by many as one of the vaguest terms in the English language. Defining what rhetoric truly is, is a rather difficult task. Rhetoric is a conglomeration … Continue reading

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What is Rhetoric?: One Definition

With the previous posts as way of an introduction, how do I define rhetoric?  I have to say that my definition of rhetoric is something of a work in progress, a definition that has changed over time.  When I started … Continue reading

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The Problem of Definition

In the previous entry I offered some of the reasons behind the change to the “Rhetoric Department” designation.  Many of those reasons implicitly suggest a meaning for rhetoric, while not go so far as to offer a true definition. That … Continue reading

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Why “Rhetoric”?

The start of the 2007-08 academic year marks the third for the rechristened Rhetoric Department.  Although the Wabash College Speech Department had a long and distinguished history, and a legacy that we are proud of and continue to both honor … Continue reading

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