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The Rhetoric of the Human Sciences
Language and Argument in Scholarship and Public Affairs
Edited by John S. Nelson, Allan Megill,
and Donald N. McCloskey

Opening with an overview of the renewal of interest in rhetoric for inquiries of all kinds, this volume addresses rhetoric in individual disciplines—mathematics, anthropology, psychology, economics, sociology, political science, and history. Two essays draw from recent literary theory to suggest the contribution of the humanities to the rhetoric of inquiry, and several essays explore communications beyond the academy, particularly in women’s issues, religion, and law. The final essays speak from the field of communication studies, where the study of rhetoric usually makes its home.

John S. Nelson
is professor of political science at the University of Iowa, Allan Megill is professor of history at the University of Virginia, and
Donald N. McCloskey is professor of economics and history at the University of Iowa.

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December 1990

LC: 86-034030 P
408 pp.   6 x 9

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