, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 241–254

Rhetoric and Dialectic in the Twenty-First Century

  • Michael Leff

DOI: 10.1023/A:1007848912283

Cite this article as:
Leff, M. Argumentation (2000) 14: 241. doi:10.1023/A:1007848912283


The paper presents a historical overview of some characteristic differences between rhetoric and dialectic in the pre-modern tradition. In the light of this historical analysis, some current approaches to dialectic are characterized, with special attention to Ralph Johnson's concept of dialectical tier.

dialectic informal logic rhetoric 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Leff
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  1. 1.Department of Communication StudiesNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonU.S.A

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