Department of English Department of English College of Arts and Sciences
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Brad McAdon

Associate Professor
Office: Patterson 451


Ph.D., 2002, Texas A&M University, College Station

Academic Summary

Brad McAdon’s research and teaching interests include the history of rhetoric, especially ancient Greek rhetorical and compositional practices, rhetorical theory, the teaching of composition, and the Bible as literature. His current project, Conflict and Mimesis: Toward a Rhetoric of the New Testament, exposes and examines a variety of questionable rhetorical and compositional practices employed by the authors of the canonical New Testament texts and argues that many of these practices are foreign to Greco-Roman rhetorical and educational traditions.

Select Publications 

  • Understanding and Engaging Humanity, co-editor, Greenhaven Press, 2010.
  • “The ‘Special Topics’ in the Rhetoric: A Reconsideration.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 36:4 (Fall 2006): 399-424.
  • “Strabo, Plutarch, Porphyry and the Transmission and Composition of Aristotle’s Rhetoric: A Hunch.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 36.1 (2006): 77-105.
  • “Two Irreconcilable Conceptions of Proofs in Aristotle’s Rhetoric.” Rhetorica. 22.4 (Autumn 2004): 307-325.
  • “Reconsidering the Intention or Purpose of Aristotle’s Rhetoric.” Rhetoric      Review. 23.3 (2004): 216- 234.
  • “Plato’s Denunciation of Rhetoric in the Phaedrus.” Rhetoric Review. 23.1 (2004): 21-39.
  • “Probabilities, Signs, Necessary Signs, Idia, and Topoi: The Confusing Discussion of Materials for Enthymemes in Aristotle’s Rhetoric.” Philosophy and Rhetoric. 36.3 (2003): 223-247.
  • “Rhetoric is the Counterpart to Dialectic.” Philosophy and Rhetoric. 34.2      (2001): 113-151.
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