This essay offers "material rhetoric" as a new addition to the usual list of categories used to describe rhetoric in the eighteenth century (neoclassical, belletristic, elocutionary, epistemological/psychological) by examining the material elements of treatises written by Joseph Priestley and Gilbert Austin. Those material elements - namely heat, passion, and impression - are tracked through Priestley and Austin's scientific writings, thereby positioning their particular strains of material rhetoric as legacies of philosophical chemistry.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Language and Linguistics
- Linguistics and Language