Reading Nietzsche Rhetorically

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The work of Friedrich Nietzsche is remarkable for the manner in which it resists and disrupts the Platonic philosophical tradition, illuminating the ways that language creates, defines, and deforms our perspective of being in the world. Focusing on Nietzsche's masterful use of diverse rhetorical strategies and techniques, this book demonstrates that coming to terms with Nietzsche's style is central to understanding his thought. Thomas examines a range of primary texts to show how Nietzsche's provocative and ...
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Overview

The work of Friedrich Nietzsche is remarkable for the manner in which it resists and disrupts the Platonic philosophical tradition, illuminating the ways that language creates, defines, and deforms our perspective of being in the world. Focusing on Nietzsche's masterful use of diverse rhetorical strategies and techniques, this book demonstrates that coming to terms with Nietzsche's style is central to understanding his thought. Thomas examines a range of primary texts to show how Nietzsche's provocative and playful use of language enables him to challenge accepted metaphysical truths - and to recover rhetoric itself as an alternative means of generating meaning and value. Helping to resituate Nietzsche's intellectual legacy within the broader context of contemporary rhetorical studies, this book will be read with pleasure by rhetoricians, undergraduate and graduate-level students of rhetoric, and Nietzsche scholars working within departments of philosophy and literature.
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"This book will have a major impact in both rhetoric and Nietzsche studies. Thomas does not settle for standard or accepted ways of approaching Nietzsche. He understands, respects, and carefully articulates Nietzsche's substantive contribution to rhetoric. Equally important, Nietzsche himself is read as a rhetorician--one who does not just theorize rhetoric in relation to Western philosophical traditions, but who also exploits its potential in posing alternatives for thinking and living. Nietzsche scholars and newcomers to his thought will benefit immensely from this ambitious book." --Carole Blair, Professor of American Studies, University of California, Davis

"The first full-length treatment of a Nietzschean rhetoric, this book fills a void in contemporary rhetorical scholarship. Thomas provides a superb analysis that confronts Nietzsche on his own terms. The result is a reading that illustrates the rich texture of Nietzsche's theoretical perspective while illuminating his marked influence as both rhetorical theorist and master rhetorician. Comprehensive and eloquently argued, the text will have a range of uses in advanced undergraduate and graduate-level courses. It is written in a highly accessible style, making it possible for students with little or no prior exposure to Nietzsche, or to classical rhetoric, to understand the central arguments and gain a deeper appreciation for the role language plays in negotiating our relation to the world around us." --Raymie E. McKerrow, Professor, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

"Reading Nietzsche Rhetorically is a timely, crossdisciplinary contribution. Thomas has disclosed an extremely accessible route of entry into the labyrinth of Nietzsche's thought. Students of rhetoric and philosophy will find Thomas to be an amiable and teacherly guide." --Daniel W. Conway, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University

"In important ways, Reading Nietzsche Rhetorically explores the key issues that are at the heart of deconstruction and postmodern thought. Douglas Thomas provides a commanding account of how Nietzsche used a rhetorical theory to combat the metaphysics of Plato and its hold on the Western tradition. He explores Nietzsche's reversal of Platonism, critique of representation, and philosophical style in a way that offers insight into the sensuous quality of language and that affirms the rhetorical process by which human truth is created." --Gerard A. Hauser, Professor of Communication, Univeristy of Colorado at Boulder

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Focuses on Nietzsche's use of rhetorical strategies and techniques, showing how his playful use of language enables him to challenge accepted metaphysical truths. Chapters examine the interconnections between rhetoric and interpretation in Nietzsche's thought; the role that danger plays in the construction of Nietzsche's rhetorical theory, particularly as a counterpoint to metaphysical thought; and Nietzsche's economy of style and the operation of language. No bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572304260
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/24/1998
  • Series: Revisioning Rhetoric Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author


Douglas Thomas, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, where he teaches courses in Contemporary Critical Theory and Cultural Studies of Technology. His work has appeared in such journals as Philosophy & Rhetoric , Communication Theory, The Quarterly Journal of Speech, and The Journal of Nietzsche Studies.
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Table of Contents


Introduction
1. Nietzsche, Rhetoric, and Interpretation
2. Rhetoric and/as the History of Danger: Nietzsche, Plato, and the Critique of Representation
3. The Rhetoric of Vision: Nietzsche, Plato, and the Danger of Seeing
4. Style
Conclusions: Economies of Style and the Operation of Language
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