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Arguing over Texts: The Rhetoric of Interpretation

Martin Camper


Arguing over Texts presents a rhetorical method for analyzing how people disagree over the meaning of texts and how they attempt to reconcile those disagreements through argument. The book recovers and adapts a classification of recurring types of disagreement over textual meaning, invented by ancient Greek and Roman teachers of rhetoric: the interpretive stases. Drawing on the rhetorical works of Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, and Hermogenes, the book devotes a chapter to each of the six interpretive stases, which classify issues concerning ambiguous words and phrases, definitions of terms, c ... More

Keywords: argument, classical rhetorical theory, disagreement, hermeneutics, interpretive stases, legal stases, persuasion, rhetoric, stasis theory, textual interpretation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190677121
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190677121.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Camper, author
Assistant Professor, Loyola University, Maryland