Rhetoric as Philosophy: The Humanist Tradition / Edition 3

Rhetoric as Philosophy: The Humanist Tradition / Edition 3

by Ernesto Grassi
     
 

ISBN-10: 080932363X

ISBN-13: 9780809323630

Pub. Date: 12/01/2000

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

Originally published in English in 1980, Rhetoric as Philosophy has been out of print for some time. The reviews of that English edition attest to the importance of Ernesto Grassi’s work.

By going back to the Italian humanist tradition and aspects of earlier Greek and Latin thought, Ernesto Grassi develops a conception of rhetoric as the basis of

Overview

Originally published in English in 1980, Rhetoric as Philosophy has been out of print for some time. The reviews of that English edition attest to the importance of Ernesto Grassi’s work.

By going back to the Italian humanist tradition and aspects of earlier Greek and Latin thought, Ernesto Grassi develops a conception of rhetoric as the basis of philosophy. Grassi explores the sense in which the first principles of rational thought come from the metaphorical power of the word. He finds the basis for his conception in the last great thinker of the Italian humanist tradition, Giambattista Vico (1668–1744). He concentrates on Vico’s understanding of imagination and the sense of human ingenuity contained in metaphor. For Grassi, rhetorical activity is the essence and inner life of thought when connected to the metaphorical power of the word.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809323630
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2000
Series:
Rhetorical Philosophy & Theory Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordxi
Acknowledgmentsxix
1.Introduction: The Roots of the Italian Humanistic Tradition1
2.Rhetoric and Philosophy18
3.Historical and Theoretical Premises of the Humanistic Conception of Rhetoric35
4.Rhetoric as the Ground of Society68
5.Language as the Presupposition of Religion: A Problem of Rhetoric as Philosophy?102
Notes115

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