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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-ix

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Introduction: Turning and Turning in the Widening Gyre

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pp. xi-xviii

Scholars in the late modern multiversity seem to write more and more, while hearing one another and our students less and less. Fields fragment, disciplines fall apart, inquiries spiral out of mutual reach and drift toward microscopic...

Part One: From Figures of Inquiry

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pp. 1-114

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1. Returning Pluralism to Political Science: A Programmatic Manifesto for Rhetoric of Political Inquiry

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pp. 3-33

Rhetoric of political inquiry promises to improve studies of politics, especially within the discipline of political science. Most political scientists can benefit immensely from better attention to their rhetoric and its roles in their inquiry...

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2. Returning History to Political Science: A Disciplinary Archaeology of Amnesia in Political Argument

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pp. 34-46

To discipline in the modern sense is to encourage an exclusive concentration on control of the present situation. It is to control through making the modalities of control omnipresent. Positively this makes control present...

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3. Turning Underground into Approved Rhetorics: A Partial Confession from a Scientizing Discipline

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pp. 47-71

Academic disciplines are institutionalized practices of inquiry. Necessarily they come complete with all the dynamics of personal and political relationships common to institutions. The details differ from one discipline...

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4. Overturning Argument in Political Science: An Apostate Meditation on Disappointments of Political Theory

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pp. 72-98

What follows is as much a meditation as an argument. It considers possible natures and futures of political inquiry. To do that it tours possible pasts and presents of political science. Along the way, it features...

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5. Returning Argument to Political Inquiry: A Mythic Narration of Models, Statistics, and other Tropes

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pp. 99-114

There is truth to Hoban's definition, and it tells volumes about the stories of politics promoted by political science in the second half of the twentieth century. They leave out most of the action. Because politics is action...

Part Two: To Myths of Action

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pp. 115-230

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6. Turning Politics into Words: A Rhetorical Invention of Evidence and Argument

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pp. 117-134

Of all human inventions, is any more suspect than words? Not in the late modern sciences: positivists and constructivists, behaviorists and formalists, modelers and experimenters, surveyors and analyzers...

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7. Turning Ideologists into Myths: A Postmodern Essay in Political and Rhetorical Analysis

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pp. 135-149

Everybody knows that our talk about argument is vividly figural. Everybody knows that our ordinary language about neat, sharp, pretty, hard, slippery, forceful, evasive, and various other kinds of common arguments is a zoo-maybe even an ark-of colorful...

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8. Turning Governments Every Which Way but Loose: A Poetic Experiment in Politics and Communication

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pp. 150-179

Many metaphors and other tropes inform our words of politics and communication. In tum, these words configure our acts and institutions of political communication. Political says 'pertaining to the polis'. The ancient...

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9. Turning Deliberations into Debates: A Dialogical Deconstruction of Senate Rituals of Comity

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pp. 180-204

Some analysts-often anthropologists-emphasize ties between myths and rituals to the point that they virtually reduce myth to "the spoken correlative of the acted rite, the thing done."2 Although sometimes overdone...

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10. Turning Stands into Stances: A Figural Argument about Forms of Political Action

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pp. 205-230

Much current political theory escapes our standard categories, corresponding to neither utopia nor ideology, treatise nor history, dialogue nor confession. Two concepts that can clarify current theory are the political stance and the political...

Notes / Index

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pp. 231-291

Notes

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pp. 233-279

Index

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pp. 281-291

Rhetoric of the Human Sciences

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pp. 293-294