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The Selected Writings of John Witherspoon
     

The Selected Writings of John Witherspoon

by Thomas P. Miller (Editor)
 

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Considered the first significant teacher of rhetoric in America, John Witherspoon also introduced Scottish moral philosophy in America, and as president of Princeton reformed the curriculum to give emphasis to both studies. He was an active pamphleteer on religious and political issues and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Thomas P Miller argues that

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Considered the first significant teacher of rhetoric in America, John Witherspoon also introduced Scottish moral philosophy in America, and as president of Princeton reformed the curriculum to give emphasis to both studies. He was an active pamphleteer on religious and political issues and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Thomas P Miller argues that Witherspoon’s career exemplifies the Ciceronian ideal, and the eight selections Miller presents from the 1802 American edition of the Works corroborate that claim.

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Considered the first significant teacher of rhetoric in America, John Witherspoon also introduced Scottish moral philosophy in the US, and as president of Princeton reformed the curriculum to give emphasis to both studies. An active pamphleteer on religious and political issues, he was also a signer of the Declaration of Independence. These seven selections, from the 1802 American edition of the Works, demonstrate the strong traditional relationship between rhetoric and the ethical and political concern of moral philosophy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809314690
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1990
Series:
Landmarks in Rhetoric and Public Address Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Miller is a professor of English and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Arizona. He is the author of The Formation of College English Studies: Rhetoric and Belles Lettres in the British Cultural Provinces, for which he won the Modern Language Association’s Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize in 1997. 

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