The Politics of Rhetoric

The Politics of Rhetoric

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Richard M. Weaver was one of the leading rhetoricians of the 1950s, whose philosophical and pedagogical writings helped revitalize interest in rhetoric. This first full-length study of Weaver examines the relationship between his rhetorical theory and his cultural views, focusing on the rhetorical insights. Duffy and Jacobi advance the idea that Weaver was at his best as an epideictic rhetor, engaged in the celebration of abstract values, and at his worst as a forensic rhetor, pleading conservative causes with only a pretense of impartiality.Since Weaver agrees with Kenneth Burke that all discourse is persuasive (LIS 224), and with Plato that sound ... In the latter essay he ranks the topics according to their ethical worth in an argument, with definition first, then similitude, causeanbsp;...

Title:The Politics of Rhetoric
Author:Bernard K. Duffy, Martin James Jacobi
Publisher:ABC-CLIO - 1993-01-01


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