Arthur E Walzer

My scholarship centers on the history of rhetoric, especially rhetoric in Ancient Athens and Rome and British rhetoric during the Renaissance and Enlightenment. I am currently working on the Renaissance writer Thomas Elyot (1490-1546). I have also long been interested in ethical concerns that rhetorical discourse raises.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

Curriculum Vitae


  • History of Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric and Ethics, Moral Philosophy
  • Civic Rhetoric
  • Classical Rhetoric
  • Renaissance Rhetoric
  • Eighteenth-Century Rhetoric
Courses Taught
  • Perspectives on Ethics,RhetoricClassical, Modern, Postmodern:
  • Perspectives on Knowledge, Power, Rhetoric in 18th Century
  • Rhetorical Theory: Classical Era
  • Rhetorical Theory: Modern Era
  • Rhetorical Fictions and 20th Century Conflicts
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Editor: Advances in the History of Rhetoric , 2014 - 2018
  • Treasurer: International Society for History of Rhetoric , 2011 - 2018
  • Board Member: Rhetoric Society of America , 2010 - 2013
  • Board Member: International Society for History of Rhetoric , 2005-2009
  • With Robert Sullivan. Thomas Elyot, Rhetoric and Counsel: Critical Editions of Doctrinal of Princes, Pasquill the Playne, Of the Knowledge Which Maketh a Wise Man, and Defence of Good Women. Brill: International Society for the History of Rhetoric Series, forthcoming.
  • George Campbell: Rhetoric in the Age of Enlightenment. Walzer, Arthur, State University of New York Press, Author, 2002.
  • Viability of the Rhetorical Tradition. Walzer, Arthur, Richard Graff and Janet Atwill, State University of New York Press, Co-Editor, 2005.
  • Rereading Aristotle's Rhetoric.. Walzer, Arthur, Alan Gross and Michael Tiffany, Southern Illinois University Press, Co-Editor, 2000.
  • Parrēsia, Foucault, and the Classical Rhetorical Tradition." Rhetoric Society Quarterly 43 (2013):1-21. (Winner: Kneupper Award for Best Article in RSQ, 2013; selected for inclusion in Best Essays in RSQ, 1968-2018, forthcoming).
  • “Rhetoric of Counsel in Thomas Elyot’s Pasquil the Playne.” Rhetorica 30 (2012): 1-21.
  • “The Rhetoric of Counsel and Thomas Elyot’s Of the Knowledge that Maketh a Wise Man.” Philosophy and Rhetoric 45 (2012): 24-45.
  • Kneupper Award, Best Essay in RSQ, 2013
  • Fellow, Rhetoric Society of America: for Contributions to the Study of Rhetoric, 2004
  • Distinguished Teacher Award, College of Ag, University of Minnesota, 1991