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“Rhetoric is the counterpart of logic,” claimed Aristotle. “Rhetoric is the first part of logic rightly understood,” Martin Heidegger concurred. “Rhetoric is the universal form of human communication,” opined Hans-Georg Gadamer. But in Deep Rhetoric, James Crosswhite offers a groundbreaking new conception of rhetoric, one that builds a definitive case for an understanding of the discipline as a philosophical enterprise beyond basic argumentation and is fully conversant with the advances of the New Rhetoric of Chaïm Perelman and Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca.

Chapter by chapter, Deep Rhetoric develops an understanding of rhetoric not only in its philosophical dimension but also as a means of guiding and conducting conflicts, achieving justice, and understanding the human condition. Along the way, Crosswhite restores the traditional dignity and importance of the discipline and illuminates the twentieth-century resurgence of rhetoric among philosophers, as well as the role that rhetoric can play in future discussions of ontology, epistemology, and ethics. At a time when the fields of philosophy and rhetoric have diverged, Crosswhite returns them to their common moorings and shows us an invigorating new way forward.

About the Author

James Crosswhite is associate professor of English at the University of Oregon. He is the author of The Rhetoric of Reason, and has directed writing programs at the University of California, San Diego, and at the University of Oregon, where he founded the Program in Writing, Speaking, and Critical Reasoning.

Table of Contents



1   What Is Deep Rhetoric?

What Is Rhetoric?

Origins of Rhetoric

Toward a Deep Rhetoric

Some Theologies and Teleologies of Rhetoric

Suspecting Universality

Deep Rhetoric and Big Rhetoric

Rhetoric and Humanism

Rhetorical Capabilities

2   What Is Deep Rhetoric? II

Rhetoric and Ideology

The Deep Rhetoric of the Late Twentieth Century

3   The Deep Rhetoric of Platos Gorgias

Deep Rhetoric: An Overview

Plato and the Sophists



A Failure of Transcendence: Rhetoric and Narcissism

Deep Rhetorical Nomos and the Care of the Soul

Two Kinds of Rhetoric: A Deep Rhetorical Critique 

The Ethical Ontology of Deep Rhetorical Decorum 


4   Rhetoric and Violence 

The Rhetorical Origin of Human Sociality: The Great Myth of Protagoras

Rhetoric Is Violence: Walter Benjamin

Deep Rhetoric: Otherwise Than Violence

Suffering Violence

5   Through Heidegger: Transcendence and Logos 


World and Logos

Understanding, Interpretation, and Meaning


Logos and Discourse

Transcendence: Grounds and Reasons

6   Beyond Heidegger: False Trails and Re-readings

Solus Ipse v. Logos

Silence and the Diminishment of Logos

Beyond Reason

The Ghostly Other

Re-reading Heidegger

7   Reason and Justice: The Deep Rhetorical Dimensions of the New Rhetoric Project

Deep Rhetoric and Justice

Reconstructing The New Rhetoric

8   Rhetoric and Wisdom

Wisdom in the Rhetorical Tradition

The Origin of Rhetoric in the Oresteia of Aeschylus

The Prajnaparamita Sutras

Hebrew Wisdom

Socratic Wisdom

Burkean Wisdom

New Rhetorical Wisdom

Athenas Practical Wisdom

After Athena

Notes             Works Cited             Index

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Crosswhite, James
University of Chicago Press
Literary Criticism : General
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