Taoist philosophy and The art of war: - a response to Combs' Rhetoric of parsimony

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TitleTaoist philosophy and The art of war: - a response to Combs' Rhetoric of parsimony
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsMa, R.
JournalThe Quarterly Journal of Speech
Volume87
Pagination436
Date Published2001
ISBN Number0033-5630
KeywordsRhetoric and society, Sun-tzu 6th cent. B.C - -- Works -- Art of war, Taoism -- China
Abstract

Part of a forum on Steven C. Comb's article "Sun-zi and the Art of War: - The Rhetoric of Parsimony," which appeared in Volume 86 - of this journal (pages 276-94). The writer assesses Combs's use of a theory of "rhetoric of parsimony" to propose a connection among The Art of War, Taoism, and rhetoric. He contends that whereas Combs's application of The Art of War to human communication yields some valuable insights into persuasive strategies, his likening of The Art of War to Taoist thinking is far more questionable.