Rhetoric as Philosophy is a surprisingly refreshing examination of the history and significance of the Italian humanistic tradition. . . . In an atmosphere which is heavy with technical and formal languages, this suitably elegant account of another tradition is timely and ecumenical.”Radical Philosophy
The cogency of argument, the wealth of detail in so brief a volume, and the attention to some long-forgotten humanist texts make Rhetoric as Philosophy important reading for those who care about the role of language in human affairs.” Quarterly Journal of Speech
Grassi is convincing in his argument that modern philosophy has attained the prize of critical’ or analytic rigor at the cost of forsaking the concrete reality of the human situation.”Faith and Reason
[Rhetoric as Philosophy is] extremely suggestive and points to a number of exciting fresh departures from our entrenched academic routines.”The Review of Metaphysics
About the Author
Ernesto Grassi, former student of Martin Heidegger and the author of numerous books in German and Italian, was a professor of philosophy at the University of Munich and director of the Institute of Humanistic and Philosophic Studies. Well known and respected in Europe as a scholar and philosopher, Grassi died in 1991.