The act of inventing relates to the process of inquiry, to creativity, to poetic and aesthetic invention. Building on the work of rhetoricians, philosophers, linguists, and theorists in other dis-ciplines, Karen Burke LeFevre challenges a widely-held view of rhetorical invention as the act of an atomistic individual. She proposes that invention be viewed as a social act, in which individuals in-teract dialectically with society and culture in dis-tinctive ways. Even when the primary agent of invention is an individual, invention is pervasively affected by rela-tionships of that individual to others through lan-guage and other socially shared symbol systems. LeFevre draws implications of a view of invention as a social act for writers, researchers, and teachers of writing.