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Modern dogma and the rhetoric of assent

Author: Wayne C Booth
Publisher: Notre Dame [Ind.] University of Notre Dame Press [1974]
Series: Ward-Phillips lectures in English language and literature, v. 5.
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Named Person: Bertrand Russell; Bertrand Russell; Bertrand Russell; Bertrand Russell
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wayne C Booth
ISBN: 0226065723 9780226065724 9780268005061 0268005060
OCLC Number: 790308
Description: xvii, 235 pages 24 cm.
Contents: Motivism and the loss of good reasons. The crisis in our rhetoric --
When should I change my mind? --
The factual "is" and the wishful "ought" --
Five kinds of modern dogma --
"Good reasons apply to means, not ends" --
Some consequences of motivism --
Bertrand Russell's rhetoric and the dogmas of doubt. Russell as representative modern --
Motivism in Russell --
Dogmas two and three, the agent and the scene: man as an atomic mechanism in a universe that is value-free --
Dogma four, the principles of knowing --
The preacher liberated --
Dogma five, the purposes of argument --
The triumph of Russell's modernism --
The dogmas questioned. Changes of scene and dramatis personae --
Nature and knowledge revivified --
Nature as will or act --
Reality as feeling: the wisdom of the body --
Divers orders, divers "logics" --
Doubt and assent --
The criterion of falsifiability --
Systematic assent --
What do we know about ourselves and our "world"? --
The self as a field of selves --
The purposes of rhetoric --
Some warrants of assent, with notes on the topics of protest. The great reservoir of good reasons --
Value terms and substantive proofs. Example 1: Finding a concurring public vs. getting on the bandwagon --
Example 2: Relevance --
Ethical proof and the demonstration of value. Example: Sincerity --
"Gut" issues and emotional proof. Example 1: Dialysis machines --
Example 2: The pocketbook --
Art as the changing of minds --
What art teaches --
Stories as reasons: explicit messages --
Saying yes and no in literature --
The habit of negative rhetoric --
Communal affirmation and denial.
Series Title: Ward-Phillips lectures in English language and literature, v. 5.
Responsibility: [by] Wayne C. Booth.

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