Sun‐zi and the art of war: The rhetoric of parsimony

  title={Sun‐zi and the art of war: The rhetoric of parsimony},
  author={Steven C. Combs},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of Speech},
  pages={276 - 294}
Daoist (Taoist) philosophical rhetoric is an integral part of China's magnificent cultural heritage, and analysis of Daoist rhetoric offers the potential to enhance understanding of human communication and inform rhetorical theory and practice. While studies of Daoist rhetoric are increasing, a masterpiece of Daoist thought, Sun‐zi's (Sun‐tzu's) Art of War, has not been examined for its rhetorical implications. This study suggests that war is a useful metaphor for rhetoric, and that Art of War… 

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