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Handling Deceit with Rhetorical Analysis

Does not an outright intention to deceive thwart the whole enterprise of rhetorical dialectic–that is, the search for truth? Rhetoricians analyze a type of deception that can be said to occur in any instance of persuasive behavior. We call it “stance” or “point of view,” or the “enthymeme”–a speech act performs a “trope” or a turning away from pure objectivity. Read more