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Every time we write—whether in a personal, academic, or civic setting—we have a responsibility to do so in ways that are intellectually honest, responsive to our readers, and considerate of other views. Welcome to Writing and Rhetoric.

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Rhetoric is the art or science of men and women communicating with other human beings.”
James J. Murphy

Rhetoric is rooted in an essential function of language itself, a function that is wholly realistic and continually born anew: the use of language as a symbolic means of inducing cooperation in beings that by nature respond to symbols.”
Kenneth Burke

Rhetoric is the study of how we use language and how language uses us.”
Krista Ratcliffe

Rhetoric is the art, practice, and study of human communication.”
Andrea Lunsford

Rhetoric is the study of misunderstandings and their remedies.”
I.A. Richards

Wherever there is persuasion, there is rhetoric. And wherever there is 'meaning' there is persuasion.”
Kenneth Burke

Rhetoric is the science which refreshes the hungry, renders the mute articulate, makes the blind to see, and teaches one to avoid lingual ineptitude.”
Anonymous

The duty and office of rhetoric is to apply reason to imagination for the better moving of the will.”
Francis Bacon

And what is my sort? you will ask. I am one of those who are very willing to be refuted if I say anything which is not true, and very willing to refute any one who says what is not true, and quite as ready to be refuted as to refute.”
from Plato's Gorgias