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Rhetoric as Philosophy: The Humanist Tradition (Rhetorical Philosophy and Theory) Paperback – January 4, 2001

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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Rhetorical Philosophy and Theory
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (January 4, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080932363X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809323630
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E.Paul Colella on November 28, 2012
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Ernesto Grassi's book revives an important tendency in philosophical thought which is overshadowed by the more dominant and formalistic trends originating in the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment. References to Giambattista Vico and his critique of Cartesianism establish Grassi's project of recovering an epistemology based upon classical rhetorical approaches to mind and reality. This is a valuable text for adoption in any class on theory of knowledge in that it introduces students of philosophy to a humanistic alternative to the predominant modern rationalistic modes of thinking. Similarly, it casts an important light upon the quarrel between ancients and moderns, and consequently is of great interest to the history of culture and ideas in European thought. It is especially relevant to issues relating to modern political experience in the public sphere, giving rise to a renewed appreciation for the political imagination in collective life. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Champine on September 27, 2014
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Great intro text for any course on rhetoric. Should be a standard.
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