Saving Persuasion: A Defense of Rhetoric and Judgment / Edition 1

Saving Persuasion: A Defense of Rhetoric and Judgment / Edition 1

by Bryan Garsten
     
 

In today's increasingly polarized political landscape, it seems that fewer and fewer citizens hold out hope of persuading one another. Even among those who have not given up on persuasion, few will admit to practicing the art of persuasion known as rhetoric. To describe political speech as "rhetoric" today is to accuse it of being superficial or manipulative. In… See more details below

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In today's increasingly polarized political landscape, it seems that fewer and fewer citizens hold out hope of persuading one another. Even among those who have not given up on persuasion, few will admit to practicing the art of persuasion known as rhetoric. To describe political speech as "rhetoric" today is to accuse it of being superficial or manipulative. In Saving Persuasion, Bryan Garsten uncovers the early modern origins of this suspicious attitude toward rhetoric and seeks to loosen its grip on contemporary political theory. Revealing how deeply concerns about rhetorical speech shaped both ancient and modern political thought, he argues that the artful practice of persuasion ought to be viewed as a crucial part of democratic politics. He suggests that the aspects of rhetoric that seem most dangerous - the appeals to emotion, religious values, and the concrete commitments and identities of particular communities - are also those which can draw out citizens' capacity for good judgment. Against theorists who advocate a rationalized ideal of deliberation aimed at consensus, Garsten argues that a controversial politics of partiality and passion can produce a more engaged and more deliberative kind of democratic discourse.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674021686
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2006
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : persuasion1
1The rhetoric against rhetoric : Hobbes25
2Persuading without convincing : Rousseau55
3The sovereignty of scholars : Kant84
4Drawing upon judgement : Aristotle115
5Conviction and controversy : Cicero142
6Persuasion and deliberation174

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