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Reason and Justice: The Deep Rhetorical Dimensions of the New Rhetoric Project

Reason and Justice: The Deep Rhetorical Dimensions of the New Rhetoric Project

Chapter:
(p.262) Seven Reason and Justice: The Deep Rhetorical Dimensions of the New Rhetoric Project
Source:
Deep Rhetoric
Author(s):
James Crosswhite
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226016511.003.0008

This chapter takes up the challenges left by the three preceding chapters. It will show that Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca’s new rhetoric project is a philosophical enterprise that both develops themes and approaches found in Heidegger’s philosophical work and also addresses the primary failure of that philosophical project—the absence of any genuine elaboration of the communicative dimensions of human existence and a consequent absence of any affirmative account of reason. It will also show that the new rhetoric project is a philosophical response to the problems of violence in that it offers an account of the peace of rhetoric as the justice of argumentation. The theory of argumentation is a theory of the practice of peace and justice as dynamic activities of shared transcendence in logos.

Keywords:   new rhetoric, perelman, Olbrechts-Tyteca, reason, heidegger, violence, rhetoric, argumentation

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