The New Rhetoric and the Humanities

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November 1979



Modern logic has Wldergone some remarkable developments in the last hun­ dred years. These have contributed to the extraordinary use of formal logic which has become essentially the concern of mathematicians. This has led to attempts to identify logic with formal logic. The claim has even been made that all non-formal reasoning, to the extent that it cannot be formalized, no longer belongs to logic. This conception leads to a genuine impoverishment of logic as well as to a narrow conception of reason. It means that as soon as demonstrative proofs are no longer available reason will no longer dominate. Even the idea of the 'reasonable' becomes foreign to logic and such expres­ sions as 'reasonable decisions', 'reasonable choice' or 'reasonable hypotheses' would be put aside as meaningless. The domain of action, including method­ ology and everything that is given over to deliberation or controversy - i.e., foreign to formal logic - would become a battleground where necessarily the reason of the strongest would always prevail.


1. The New Rhetoric: a Theory of Practical Reasoning.- 2. Rhetoric and Philosophy.- 3. Philosophy, Rhetoric, Commonplaces.- 4. The Philosophy of Pluralism and the New Rhetoric.- 5. Dialectic and Dialogue.- 6. Rhetorical Perspectives on Semantic Problems.- 7. Analogy and Metaphor in Science, Poetry and Philosophy.- 8. Scientific Methodology and Open Philosophy.- 9. Behaviorism's Enlightened Despotism.- 10. Disagreement and Rationality.- 11. The Rational and the Reasonable.- 12. Reflections on Practical Reason.- 13. The Role of the Model in Education.- 14. Authority, Ideology and Violence.- 15. Meaning and Categories in History.- 16. Classicism and Romanticism in Argumentation.
EAN: 9789027710185
ISBN: 902771018X
Untertitel: Essays on Rhetoric and its Applications. 'Synthese Library'. 1979. Auflage. Book. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer
Erscheinungsdatum: November 1979
Seitenanzahl: 208 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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