Henry Johnstone (1970 p. 124, 1990) has advanced the slogan "Rhetoric is a wedge" to suggest the ways in which rhetoric calls attention to hitherto unnoticed consequences or assumptions, or even to features of the physical world that have escaped an audience's attention. Here, however, we intend to supplement the notion of rhetoric as "wedge" by suggesting the ways in which it is, and also must be, a "bridge."

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Copyright © 1999 Rhetoric Society of America. This article first appeared in Rhetoric Society Quarterly 29:2 (1999), 75-78.

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