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Rhetoric and irony : Western literacy and Western lies

Author: C Jan Swearingen
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.
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This pathbreaking study integrates the histories of rhetoric, literacy, and literary aesthetics up to the time of Augustine, focusing on Western concepts of rhetoric as dissembling and of language as deceptive that Swearingen argues have received curiously prominent emphasis in Western aesthetics and language theory. Swearingen reverses the traditional focus on rhetoric as an oral agonistic genre and examines it  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: C Jan Swearingen
ISBN: 0195063627 9780195063622 9786610524846 661052484X
OCLC Number: 22110998
Description: xvi, 323 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Proem --
1. Before being or not-being was: logos and logic among the preplatonics [The preplatonic logos --
The poets' deceptions: Poiesis, Pseudos, and Apate --
Preplatonic rhetoric: Sophists or Statesmen?] --
2. Rhetor and Eiron: Plato's defense of dialogue [Writer, rhetor, Eiron: the Sophistic teachings --
Plato's "True Rhetoric": dialogue --
Dialogue and dialectic: the philosopher as Sophist] --
3. Aristotle: a logic of terms, a rhetoric of motives [The rationale: divide and preserve --
From categories to Koinoi Topoi: of words, sentences, proofs, and arguments --
The institutionalization of rhetoric --
The aestheticization of irony] --
4. Cicero: defining the value of literacy [Hermes and Janus --
From Diegesis to Narratio: rhetoric and history --
The case against technical rhetoric --
Those contentious Greeklings and their probabilities] --
5. When the rhetor lies: Augustine's critique of mendacity [Anatomy of a conversion: rhetorician, manichean, academic, Platonist, catechumen, bishop --
Of signs, signification, literary lies, and rhetorical fables --
To use language to lie is a sin] --
6. Inscriptions of self and the erasure of truth [Being talk deceives --
Literary fiction, rhetorical lie, and logic as illusion --
Reinscribing the self --
Hidden truth and hidden meaning] --
Epi Dia Logos.
Responsibility: C. Jan Swearingen.
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