An outgrowth of the recent meeting of the International Society of the History of Rhetoric, this collection challenges the reader to reexamine the broad influence of 18th- and 19th-century Scottish rhetoric, often credited for shaping present-day studies in psychology, philosophy, literary criticism, oral communication, English literature, and composition. The contributors examine its influence and call for a new appraisal of its importance in light of recent scholarship and archival research. Many of the essays in the first section discuss the contributions of recognized influential figures including Adam Smith and Hugh Blair. Other essays focus on the importance of 18th-century Scottish sermons in relation to public discourse, audience analysis, peer evaluation, and professional rhetoric. Essays in the second section address 19th-century rhetorical theory and its influence on North American composition practice.

chapter |14 pages


ByWinifred Bryan Horner

part 1|162 pages

Reexamining Influential Figures

chapter 2|12 pages

Thomas Reid’s Philosophy as a Basis for Rhetoric

ByWilliam A. Wallace

chapter 4|10 pages

Fitting Words: Propriety in Adam Smith’s Rhetoric and Ethics

ByStephen J. McKenna

chapter 6|16 pages

Student Notes of Hugh Blair’s Lectures on Rhetoric

ByGary Layne Hatch

chapter 10|10 pages

The Rhetoric of George Campbell’s Sermons

ByMark Gellis

chapter 12|10 pages

Scottish Influences on Richard Whately’s Theory of Pathos

ByJean Nienkamp

part 2|52 pages

The Rhetoric of North American Composition