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The Rhetorical Sense of Philosophy

Donald Phillip Verene


Philosophy and rhetoric are both old enemies and old friends. This book sets out to shift our understanding of the relationship between philosophy and rhetoric from that of separation to one of close association. The book outlines how ancient rhetors focused on the impact of language regardless of truth, ancient philosophers utilized language to test truth; and ultimately, this separation of right reasoning from rhetoric has remained intact throughout history. It is time, the book argues, to reassess this ancient and misunderstood relationship. The book traces this argument utilizing the writi ... More

Keywords: rhetoric, ancient rhetors, language, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, poetry, speculative philosophy, rhetorical speech

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501756344
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501756344.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald Phillip Verene, author
Emory University