Democracy and Rhetoric
John Dewey on the Arts of Becoming
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of South Carolina Press
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SERIES EDITOR’S PREFACE
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In Democracy and Rhetoric: John Dewey on the Arts of Becoming,Nathan Crickexplores what it would mean for rhetoric to act as a means of radical democ-racy. He claims that the American philosopher John Dewey (1859–1952)points us to an understanding that rhetoric must reassert its status as an artthat engages ethics, intellectual inquiry, and aesthetics. In developing a model...
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This book is a product of the environment of which I am but a part. Its originsare not found in scholarly debates about the meanings of concepts; it grows outof the soil of experience in which the seeds of ideas were fortunate to take root.A few people who formed that environment are thus worth recognizing. Iwould like to thank my father for his love of inquiry and my mother for her love...
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The end of democracy is a radical end. For it is an end that has notbeen adequately realized in any country at any time. It is radical because it requires great change in existing social institutions, economic, legal and cultural. ...There is, moreover, nothing more radical than insistenceupon democratic methods as the means by which radical social changes ...
Rhetoric and the Ethics of Democracy
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What does it mean to say that rhetoric and democracy have an “ethics”?Traditionally the answers fall into one of two categories. On the one hand Kant-ian rationalism dictates that persuasive and political acts must follow from uni-versal moral principles. In rhetoric one finds this ethics expressed most fully byRichard Weaver, for whom an “ethics of rhetoric requires that ultimate terms be...
The Rhetoric of Inquiry
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If inquiry represents a disciplined act of concentration, rhetorichas traditionally been seen as its polar opposite—an unruly distraction. ThePlatonic caricature of rhetoric, in other words, has always associated it with aknack for manipulating circumstances for one’s own benefit. Concerned withpromoting expediency and accumulating power in the short term, it focuses its...
Rhetoric and Aesthetics
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...logic and rhetoric has traditionally been one of master and slave, the relation-ship between rhetoric and aesthetics has been more complex. For instance,from the rationalistic perspective of a metaphysical logic, rhetoric is a funda-mentally aesthetic practice. Dealing as it does with the manipulation of the per-ceptions and emotions for the sake of producing pain, plea sure, and practice,...
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...stitution of civilization is intrinsically an accomplishment of art—the intelli-gent and sympathetic process of doing and making that makes our sharedworld a richer place to inhabit. As he writes, “It is by creation of the intangiblesof science and philosophy, and especially by those of the arts, that countries andcommunities have won immortality for themselves after material wealth has...
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...9.Greene, “John Dewey’s Eloquent Citizen,” 189–200, 190.11.Danish, “Power and the Celebration of the Self,” 291–307, 305.13.Translated by Eric Havelock as quoted in Havelock, Liberal Temper in Greek Poli-15.Specifically Greene responds not to Dewey but to Christopher Lyle Johnstone’s19.Schudson, “Why Conversation Is Not the Soul of Democracy,” 300....
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Alexander, Thomas M. The Horizons of Feeling: John Dewey’s Theory of Art, Experience,Arendt, Hannah. The Human Condition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.Aristophanes. Clouds.Translated by William Arrowsmith. In Aristophanes: Three Come-dies,edited by William Arrowsmith, 1–133. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press,Aristotle. The Rhetoric and the Poetics of Aristotle. Translated by W. Rhys Roberts and...
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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NATHAN CRICK is an assistant professor of communication studies at Louisiana State University. His research has appeared in College Composition and Communication, Philosophy and Rhetoric, and the Quarterly Journal of Speech.
Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: Studies in Rhetoric/Communication