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Perelman's New Rhetoric as Philosophy and Methodology for the Next Century : Library of Rhetorics - Mieczyslaw Maneli

Perelman's New Rhetoric as Philosophy and Methodology for the Next Century

Library of Rhetorics

Hardcover Published: 31st May 1994
ISBN: 9780792321668
Number Of Pages: 146

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This text presents the New Theory of Argumentation, popularly known as the New Rhetoric, as an innovative theoretical and methodological system which is expected to become increasingly important. Two factors determine the importance of this philosophy: (1) The collapse of all modern ideologies, many sociopolitical systems and their associated philosophies, whether of the right or the left, means that the era of the quick, dogmatic perception of how to force people to feel free and happy is over. (2) New forms and institutions of social and economic life must be found among the wreckage. The solutions sought must work best for the greatest number of people and must be flexible enough to allow the reinterpretation of all our determinations, from the very beginning. The New Rhetoric rejects all absolutist and dogmatic ideas. But neither does it support absolute relativism. lt constitutes a method for the endless search for truthful explanations and for enlightened practical activity. Truth is only the process of approaching it. While critical of formal logic, the New Rhetoric develops the concepts of "other", "experimental", "flexible" and "logic of good sense". The introduction and elaboration of the concept of "reasonableness" is presented as a milestone in the evolution of scientific methodology. The New Rhetoric has overcome the traditional contradictions between logic, rationalism and dialectic and has laid new foundations for a modern theory of morality, law, legal interpretation, and human rights. This book discusses such problems as: new moral notions; the new dilemma of Cain; the spurious notions of "centrism"; Antigone's new arguments; "argumentation is not bargaining"; and new foundations of tolerance and justice. It ends with a section on "Resolutions for the New Century", written in the spirit of traditional enlightenment, rule of reason and humanism, but which goes beyond them.

New Thinkingp. 1
The Origins and Foundation of the New Rhetoricp. 16
The New Rhetoric and Dialecticsp. 25
The Rhetorical Concept of Power and Authorityp. 43
The Course of Argumentationp. 48
Politics, Law, and Morality - A New Phasep. 64
Sociological Lawsp. 77
The New Rhetoric and Jurisprudencep. 83
Perelman's Achievement Beyond Traditional Philosophy and Politicsp. 112
The New Rhetoric is Modern Humanismp. 124
The New Rhetoric as Philosophy and Methodologyp. 134
Subject Indexp. 141
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ISBN: 9780792321668
ISBN-10: 0792321669
Series: Library of Rhetorics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 146
Published: 31st May 1994
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41

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