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Modern Dogma and the Rhetoric of Assent : Phoenix Books - Wayne C. Booth

Modern Dogma and the Rhetoric of Assent

Phoenix Books

Paperback Published: 1st January 1974
ISBN: 9780226065724
Number Of Pages: 254

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When should I change my mind? What can I believe and what must I doubt? In this new "philosophy of good reasons" Wayne C. Booth exposes five dogmas of modernism that have too often inhibited efforts to answer these questions. Modern dogmas teach that "you cannot reason about values" and that "the job of thought is to doubt whatever can be doubted," and they leave those who accept them crippled in their efforts to think and talk together about whatever concerns them most. They have willed upon us a "befouled rhetorical climate" in which people are driven to two self-destructive extremes--defenders of reason becoming confined to ever narrower notions of logical or experimental proof and defenders of "values" becoming more and more irresponsible in trying to defend the heart, the gut, or the gonads.
Booth traces the consequences of modernist assumptions through a wide range of inquiry and action: in politics, art, music, literature, and in personal efforts to find "identity" or a "self." In casting doubt on systematic doubt, the author finds that the dogmas are being questioned in almost every modern discipline. Suggesting that they be replaced with a rhetoric of "systematic assent," Booth discovers a vast, neglected reservoir of "good reasons"--many of them known to classical students of rhetoric, some still to be explored. These "good reasons" are here restored to intellectual respectability, suggesting the possibility of widespread new inquiry, in all fields, into the question, "When "should" I change my mind?"

Motivism and the Loss of Good Reasons
The Crisis in Our Rhetoric
When Should I Change My Mind?
The Factual ""Is"" and the Wishful ""Ought""
Five Kinds of Modern Dogma
""Good Reasons Apply to Means, Not Ends""
Some Consequences of Motivism
Bertrand Russell's Rhetoric and the Dogmas of Doubt
Russell as Representative
Modern Motivism in Russell
Dogmas Two and Three, the Agent and the Scene: Man as an Atomic
Mechanism in a Universe That Is Value-Free
Dogma Four, the Principles of Knowing The Preac
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ISBN: 9780226065724
ISBN-10: 0226065723
Series: Phoenix Books
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 1st January 1974
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Type: New edition