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Listening to the Logos: Speech and the Coming of Wisdom in Ancient Greece (Studies in Rhetoric/Communication)

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ISBN-10: 1570038546
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An exploration of the role of language arts in forming and expressing wisdom from Homer to Aristotle

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Christopher Lyle Johnstone is an associate professor of rhetoric and basic course director in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University. A specialist in rhetoric and philosophy, communication ethics, and Greek rhetorical theory, Johnstone is the editor of Theory, Text, Context: Issues in Greek Rhetoric and Oratory. His articles and essays have appeared in the Encyclopedia of Rhetoric, Philosophy and Rhetoric, the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Advances in the History of Rhetoric and in several edited volumes.
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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Rhetoric/Communication
  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press (November 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570038546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570038549
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,744,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are interested in the history of "rhetoric" or communication as it steers knowledge (from the sciences to philosophy and beyond), this book should be at the top of your list. Johnstone's work forms the magnum opus of a lifelong historian and researcher of ancient Greek rhetoric, and takes into account a broad view of how speech and knowledge came to shape each other in the culture. Anticipating rhetorical theory to come after this period, Johnstone finds in pre-Socratic thought the roots of so much that we take for granted today--the understanding of the universe as ordered and working along predictable rules, ourselves as rational creatures, and of speech as a powerful tool at the center of both. If you are interested in the place of speech in human culture and Western understanding (in ways that look surprisingly similar to Eastern understanding in the hands of the pre-Socratics), this book should be the first source.
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