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Thanks for doing this! The book looks excellent. I have a couple of questions:

Should we think of rhetoric as inherently deceptive, morally unstable, and therefore only an imitation of genuine knowledge? Or is rhetoric something more positive, like a way to organize our thoughts and reach genuine knowledge?

Does the prevalence of rhetoric imply (and perhaps even cause) political instability, or does rhetoric help ensure political stability?

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Not necessarily. Some political theorists view PT as a means of theorizing (and preparing) political action, while others view PT as separate from the practice of politics.