The Rhetoric of RHETORIC: The Quest for Effective Communication / Edition 1

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"The Rhetoric of RHETORIC is a manifesto addressed to a broad audience, dramatizing the importance of rhetorical studies and lamenting their widespread neglect. In it, distinguished critic Wayne C. Booth claims that communication in every corner of life can be improved if only we study rhetoric more closely." After exploring and combating the various pejorative definitions of "rhetoric" and briefly tracing its history, Booth explores the consequences of bad rhetoric in education, in politics, and in the media. A few cures for bad rhetoric are offered, and a final chapter investigates the possibility of reducing harmful conflict by practicing a rhetoric that depends on deep listening by both sides. The key example used is the warfare between science and religion.
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"In The Rhetoric of RHETORIC Wayne C. Booth passionately and persuasively demonstrates the centrality of rhetoric to human inquiry and human interaction. Taking Booth’s manifesto seriously — responding to it in the spirit of what he calls ‘listening rhetoric’ — can improve the quality of our thought, our interactions, and, thus, our lives." James Phelan, Ohio State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405112376
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/8/2004
  • Series: Wiley-Blackwell Manifestos Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 652,088
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

1 How many "rhetorics"? 3
2 A condensed history of rhetorical studies 23
3 Judging rhetoric 39
4 Some major rescuers 55
5 The fate of rhetoric in education 89
6 The threats of political rhetrickery 107
7 Media rhetrickery 129
8 Can rhetorology yield more than a mere truce, in any of our "wars"? 153
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