Readings in Contemporary Rhetoric
These 25 selections allow the reader to sample the multiple voices contributing to the creation of knowledge through rhetoric. Exposure to the theorists’ ideas in their own words provides a richer, more meaningful understanding of their conceptions. While the same number of pages are devoted to each theorist, in some cases one lengthy essay is included that captures core ideas of a theorist; in other instances, several examples are offered. The extensive bibliography of works about the theorists included in the anthology is a valuable resource.
Table of Contents
1. The Philosophy of Rhetoric: Lecture I (I. A. Richards)
2. The Secret of “Feedforward” (I. A. Richards)
3. What Basic English Is (I. A. Richards)
4. Metaphor as an Element of Originary Language (Ernesto Grassi)
5. Folly as a Philosophical Problem (Ernesto Grassi and Maristella Lorch)
6. A New Rhetoric: A Theory of Practical Reasoning (Chaïm Perelman)
7. The Tyranny of Principles (Stephen Toulmin)
8. Theory and Practice (Albert R. Jonsen and Stephen Toulmin)
9. The Phaedrus and the Nature of Rhetoric (Richard Weaver)
10. A Responsible Rhetoric (Richard M. Weaver)
11. Life without Prejudice (Richard Weaver)
12. Dramatism (Kenneth Burke)
13. Epilogue: Prologue in Heaven (Kenneth Burke)
14. Flowerishes (Kenneth Burke)
15. A Philosophico-Political Profile (Jürgen Habermas)
16. Language (bell hooks)
17. Reflections on Race and Sex (bell hooks)
18. Choosing the Margin as a Space of Radical Openness (bell hooks)
19. Teaching Resistance: The Racial Politics of Mass Media (bell hooks)
20. Neo-Colonial Fantasies of Conquest: Hoop Dreams (bell hooks)
21. America (Jean Baudrillard)
22. A Marginal System: Collecting (Jean Baudrillard)
23. The Power of Reversibility that Exists in the Fatal: Interview (Jean Baudrillard)
24. History, Discourse and Discontinuity (Michel Foucault)
25. The History of Sexuality (Michel Foucault)