Rhetoric, Modality, Modernity

Rhetoric, Modality, Modernity

Nancy S. Struever

Since antiquity, philosophy and rhetoric have regularly been forged as competitors, with the previous usually lauded as a look for logical fact and the latter often disparaged as empty speech. yet during this erudite highbrow heritage, Nancy S. Struever stakes out a declare for rhetoric because the extra effective type of inquiry.

Struever perspectives rhetoric during the lens of modality, arguing that rhetoric’s guiding curiosity in what's possible—as against philosophy’s obstacle with what's necessary—makes it a fantastic instrument for knowing politics. leading edge readings of Hobbes and Vico permit her to reexamine rhetoric’s function within the historical past of modernity and to make interesting connections among thinkers from the classical, early glossy, and glossy classes. From there she turns to Walter Benjamin, reclaiming him as an exemplar of modernist rhetoric and a crucial determine within the lengthy heritage of the shape. Persuasive and perceptive, Rhetoric, Modality, Modernity is a singular rewriting of the background of rhetoric and a heady exam of the causes, concerns, and flaws of up to date inquiry.

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