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Rhetoric, Sophistry, Pragmatism : Literature, Culture, Theory - Steven Mailloux

Rhetoric, Sophistry, Pragmatism

Literature, Culture, Theory

By: Steven Mailloux (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 26th May 1995
ISBN: 9780521462259
Number Of Pages: 264

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The anti-sceptical relativism and self-conscious rhetoric of the pragmatist tradition, which began with the Older Sophists of Ancient Greece and developed through an American tradition including William James and John Dewey has attracted new attention in the context of late twentieth-century postmodernist thought. At the same time there has been a more general renewal of interest across a wide range of humanistic and social science disciplines in rhetoric itself: language use, writing and speaking, persuasion, figurative language, and the effect of texts. This book, written by leading scholars, explores the various ways in which rhetoric, sophistry and pragmatism overlap in their current theoretical and political implications, and demonstrates how they contribute both to a rethinking of the human sciences within the academy and to larger debates over cultural politics.

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"Steven Mailloux's lucid and thoughtful introduction explores relations among rhetoric, pragmitism, and sophistry which explains why all three are object of philosophical disapproval. This collection is more than the sum of its parts. Taken together, the essays promote and exemplify a Deweyan interdisciplinary project of compelling importance. They revise philosophy, intellectual history, an pedagogy to make rhetoric central and to revoke its ancient divorce from dialetic. This this rediscription of our intellectual heritage offers hope that modern rhetoric can both serve and shape the ever-mutating goals of a secular, democratic, and technologically innovative society without discarding the past." Lars Engle, Modern Philology

Introduction
sophistry and rhetorical pragmatism Steven Mailloux
IsocratesÆ philosophia and contemporary pragmatism
The degradation of rhetoric or, dressing like a gentleman, speaking like a scholar
Antilogics, dialogics, and sophistic social psychology: Michael BilligÆs reinvention of Bakhtin from Protagorean rhetoric
The ægenealogiesÆ of pragmatism
Philosophy in the ænewÆ rhetoric, rhetoric in the ænewÆ philosophy
Individual feeling and universal validity
Pragmatism, rhetoric and The American Scene
The political consequences of pragmatism or, cultural pragmatics for a cybernetic revolution
In excess: radical extensions of neopragmatism
Selected bibliographies: Rhetoric and recent critical theory
Re-interpretations of the Greek sophists
Developments in the pragmatist tradition
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ISBN: 9780521462259
ISBN-10: 0521462258
Series: Literature, Culture, Theory
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 26th May 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 14.4  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.41

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