Steve Finley (Finley@TTDCE1.COED.TTU.EDU)
Mon, 5 Aug 1996 09:07:24 +0000

>From Phyllis M. Ryder, re Michael Hamende's insistence that appeals
from authority were disparaged by classical rhetoricians and are to
be disparaged by rhetoricians today (though I suspect the fight can
be explained as a misunderstanding in the difference between
"authorities" [officials] and "authority" in a rhetorician's sense
[substantial believability, expertise, etc., in a certain area and to
a certain audience]):

"PS Are you not constantly making appeals to authority by referring to the
classical rhetors' definitions of rhetoric (even as you point out that
they don't value appeals to authority?)"

You know how every once in while (actually, pretty often in my case),
you run across something and you say, "Damn, I wish I'd thought to
say that?"