The given of achievement and the reluctance to assent: Argument and inquiry in the post-postmodern world [Book Review]

Argumentation 9 (1):137-162 (1995)

Changes in the social, political, and intellectual climate worldwide portend radical changes in how humans view themselves and their world. This essay argues that the twenty-first century will usher in apost-postmodern age. The new epoch will be one in which argument practices more closely resemble their modernist forbears. The ‘given of achievement’ will overcome the postmodern ‘reluctance to assent.’ Argument will be practiced against the backdrop of realist philosophical frameworks and will be viewed as contributing to the accretion of knowledge
Keywords Argument  feminist rhetoric  modernism  postmodernism  realism  rhetoric of inquiry  rhetorical epistemology  social epistemology  social knowledge
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