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Rhetoric, Sophistry, Pragmatism / Edition 1
     

Rhetoric, Sophistry, Pragmatism / Edition 1

by Steven Mailloux, Anthony Cascardi, Richard Macksey
 

ISBN-10: 0521467802

ISBN-13: 9780521467803

Pub. Date: 12/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The skeptical relativism and self-conscious rhetoric of the pragmatist tradition, which began with the pre-Socratic Sophists and developed through an American tradition including William James and John Dewey, have attracted new attention in the context of postmodernist thought. At the same time there has been a more general renewal of interest in rhetoric itself.

Overview

The skeptical relativism and self-conscious rhetoric of the pragmatist tradition, which began with the pre-Socratic Sophists and developed through an American tradition including William James and John Dewey, have attracted new attention in the context of postmodernist thought. At the same time there has been a more general renewal of interest in rhetoric itself. This book 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521467803
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Series:
Literature, Culture, Theory Series , #15
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: sophistry and rhetorical pragmatism Steven Mailloux; 1. Isocrates' philosophia and contemporary pragmatism Edward Schiappa; 2. The degradation of rhetoric; or, dressing like a gentleman, speaking like a scholar Jasper Neel; 3. Antilogics, dialogics, and sophistic social psychology: Michael Billig's reinvention of Bakhtin from Protagorean rhetoric Don H. Bialostosky; 4. The 'genealogies' of pragmatism Tom Cohen; 5. Philosophy in the 'new' rhetoric, rhetoric in the 'new' philosophy Joseph Margolis; 6. Individual feeling and universal validity Charlene Haddock Seigfried and Hans Seigfried; 7. Pragmatism, rhetoric and The American Scene Giles Gunn; 8. The political consequences of pragmatism; or, cultural pragmatics for a cybernetic revolution David B. Downing; 9. In excess: radical extensions of neopragmatism Susan Jarratt; Selected bibliographies: Rhetoric and recent critical theory; Re-interpretations of the Greek sophists; Developments in the pragmatist tradition.

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