Panel: Logical Categories and Rhetorical Topics of Invention: What is the Difference, and Why Does it Matter?

Phil Donnelly June 28, 2014

Presented at:
SCL Conference 2014


The logical “Categories of Being” and the rhetorical “Topics of Invention” bear a striking resemblance; nevertheless, they seem not to be reducible to one or the other. Why is that? What exactly is the relationship between them? Why is that relationship important for teachers to understand? with: Martin Cothran and James Selby


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Phil Donnelly
Phillip J. Donnelly serves as Director of the Great Texts Program in the Honors College at Baylor University. His research focuses on the historical interaction between philosophy, theology, and imaginative literature, with particular attention to Renaissance literature and the reception of Classical educational traditions. He is the author of Milton’s Scriptural Reasoning (Cambridge University Press, 2009). His recent essays include: “Latin Pedagogy and Ethical Ends in the Royal Grammar (1542),” in Transformations in Biblical Literary Traditions, edited by D.H. Williams and Phillip J. Donnelly (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013), and “Historical Appearance in Areopagitica,” in Milton and Questions of History, edited by Feisal Mohamed and Mary Nyquist (University of Toronto Press, 2012).

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