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In the preface to Institutio Oratoria, Quintilian describes the aspiration that inspires his course of study:
talking about rhetorical training, but I think the same sentiment
applies to our goals for rhetorical practice as well. We don't
deliberate as well as we should or could, but that doesn't mean we should stop trying to improve our deliberations.
I don't believe that rhetorical practice is perfectible, as Quintilian hoped, but questions of how to define rhetorical good practices and how to implement those practices are a driving force in both my teaching and research.