John D. Schaeffer

John D. Schaeffer

John D. Schaeffer

Professor Emeritus

Rhetoric, Renaissance and 17th-century literature

Office: RH 234

Educational Background

Ph.D. St. Louis University; 1971
M.A. St. Louis University; 1966
B.A. St. Louis University; 1965

Professional Interests

Giambattista Vico studies
More’s Utopia
Cognitive Rhetoric
Critical Theory

Selected Publications

  • A Translation from Latin into English of Giambattista Vico's Il diritto universale. Edwin Mellen Press, 2011.
  • With Philip Eubanks. “A Kind Word for Bullshit: The Problem of Academic Writing” College Composition and Communication 59:3 (2008): 372-88.
  • “St. Thomas More and the Master Tropes: Vico’s Poetic Logic in the Dialogue Concerning Heresies and Giambattista Vico.” Moreana 38 (December 2001): 5-24.
  • “The Dialectic of Orality and Literacy: The Case of Augustine’s De doctrina Christiana Book 4.” PMLA 111:5 (October 1996): 1133-1145.
  • Sensus Communis: Vico, Rhetoric, and the Limits of Relativism. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1990.