oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - Rhetoric as salvatory

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



The present volume is a "new beginning" of a story that goes back to the founding of democracy in South Africa in 1994.

For some fifteen years the Centre for Rhetoric Studies, at the University of Cape Town, has been promoting the cause of rhetoric on the African continent. Seconded by friends and colleagues, from Morocco to Romania, from Sweden to Argentina, from France to the United States, whose home disciplines or intellectual interests lie with philosophy and critical theory, politics and religion, the law and science, and simply rhetoric, we have forged ahead, moved by the belief, supported by observation, that a democracy without the means to argue is bound to fail, and impelled by the conviction, borne by intelligence, that a duty of deliberation, placed on both governed and government, is fundamental to the exercise of citizenship.

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