Oravec, Christine
January 1987
Conference Proceedings -- National Communication Association/Ame;1987 Argument & Critical Practices, p33
Conference Proceeding
The article compares the argumentative and the persuasive forms of critical reasoning to their analogues in aesthetic theory for the purpose of discovering whether types of critical argument display aesthetic tendencies by virtue of their form. It articulates the relationship between argument and persuasion as structural forms and establishes the parallels between them and the aesthetic categories of the beautiful and the sublime. Critical arguments are based on political consensus. On the other hand, critical persuasion generates political and historical consensus.


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