Adam Smith on Metaphors

  • Gavin Kennedy


Adam Smith identified two styles of discourse, the ‘Didactick’ and the ‘Rhetoricall’.

A didactic discourse identifies those arguments that present competing arguments for and against a question with a view to persuade on the merits of their arguments, but no further. In short, the author does not overtly take sides.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EdinburghUK

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