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This fine work offers a new and meaningful analysis of what is involved in attaining novel truth through rhetorical conflict. The central question is this: How can one, through rhetorical discourse (i.e., "purposeful interaction between and among people and things"), "invent concepts that [one could not have] inferred from those [one] already understand[s]"? For Yarbrough (English, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro) invention is an interlocutive process that involves an interpretive vision and revision through a dialogic situation. The author carefully analyzes theories of Aristotle, Plato, and contemporary rhetoricians, and then both extends and repudiates them in arriving at his own theory. Based on Donald Davidson's causal signs, he argues that a change in ethical stance initiates invention and redefines discourse. Both pragmatic and Peircean, Yarbrough's theory encompasses notions of mutual conditioning (note Adam Smith). The inventive circle as suggested by Richard McKeon is clarified as entailing choice consequent to need and consideration of cost. With this volume, Yarbrough significantly advances the argument he made in After Rhetoric (CH, May'00, 37-4925) and in so doing advances understanding of how one arrives at novel truth. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.