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By James Crosswhite

“Rhetoric is the counterpart of logic,” claimed Aristotle. “Rhetoric is the 1st a part of good judgment rightly understood,” Martin Heidegger concurred. “Rhetoric is the common type of human communication,” opined Hans-Georg Gadamer. yet in Deep Rhetoric, James Crosswhite deals a groundbreaking new notion of rhetoric, one that builds a definitive case for an knowing of the self-discipline as a philosophical company past simple argumentation and is absolutely conversant with the advances of the hot Rhetoric of Chaïm Perelman and Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca.

Chapter via bankruptcy, Deep Rhetoric develops an realizing of rhetoric not just in its philosophical measurement but additionally as a method of guiding and undertaking conflicts, attaining justice, and knowing the human . alongside the best way, Crosswhite restores the normal dignity and value of the self-discipline and illuminates the twentieth-century resurgence of rhetoric between philosophers, in addition to the position that rhetoric can play in destiny discussions of ontology, epistemology, and ethics. At a time while the fields of philosophy and rhetoric have diverged, Crosswhite returns them to their universal moorings and indicates us an invigorating new manner forward.


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Or rhetoric is a way of using language to manipulate emotions, to stir up anger or prejudice or fear, and so to lead people to make judgments that they would not make if they were calm and reasonable. In the popular, modern understanding, the goal is to “get beyond all the rhetoric,” or to “get behind it,” or to “set it aside,” in order to be reasonable, in order to have a chance at finding out what is true or which course of action is best. Because this view of rhetoric is drastically out of line with much of the history of what has been written about rhetoric, drastically out of line with a long tradition of liberal education in which rhetoric has had a central place, and drastically out of line with the idea of rhetoric that will be developed in this book, I will start with a simple statement about rhetoric that contrasts drastically with the popular conception, let it stand, and then start again.

Because this view of rhetoric is drastically out of line with much of the history of what has been written about rhetoric, drastically out of line with a long tradition of liberal education in which rhetoric has had a central place, and drastically out of line with the idea of rhetoric that will be developed in this book, I will start with a simple statement about rhetoric that contrasts drastically with the popular conception, let it stand, and then start again. 16 WHAT IS DEEP RHETORIC? Rhetoric is a form of human transcendence, a way we open ourselves to the influence of what is beyond ourselves and become receptive, a way we participate in a larger world and become open to the lives of others, a way we learn and change.

Because] . . you would no longer be seeing an image of what we are saying, but rather the truth itself, at least as it looks to me. Whether it is really so or not can 33 CHAPTER ONE no longer be properly insisted on” (533a). The point is that the Good is not a being that can be seen and then described accurately. Logos leads one toward it, but does not arrive at it as at a destination, as if it were traveling in a kind of spiritual-intellectual space through the lower forms, up through beauty and justice until finally it reached that highest being, the Good.

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