Philosophy and Rhetoric, one of Penn State Press's longest-running journals, was conceived at a time of immense philosophical upheaval: rhetoric as a field of study--first dismissed by Descartes--was being reexamined after decades of neglect. Now, nearly forty years later, Philosophy and Rhetoric continues to hold pride of place in this reinvigorated discipline. The brainchild of Penn State professors Carroll Arnold and Henry Johnstone, Philosophy and Rhetoric boasts work from dozens of international luminaries from a broad spectrum of specializations.
To commemorate the fortieth year of publication, current series editor Gerard Hauser assembled a volume of the journal's most noteworthy articles, beginning with Henry Johnstone's gem of an essay underscoring the essential relationship between the art of rhetoric and philosophy. Donald Verene elaborates that initial thesis and suggests that rhetoric and philosophy are not distinct entities in conversation, but instead that rhetoric provides a forum in which philosophy can exist. Jean Goodwin looks at the theory in terms of a teacher/student relationship, and Barbara Biesecker looks at how governments in the war on terror employ rhetoric to manipulate the social consciousness. A concluding article by Carroll Arnold casts rhetoric as a dramatic device essential to establishing personal sovereignty. During its forty years, Hauser writes, the journal "radically altered the relationship between philosophy and rhetoric from irreconcilable antagonists to interlocutors in a shared inquiry into the constitutive powers of discourse." This series of essays brilliantly traces the arc of that accomplishment.
Gerard A. Hauser is Professor of Communications at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Contents 1. Philosophy and Rhetoric: An Abbreviated History of an Evolving Identity Gerard A. Hauser 2. The Philosophical Basis of Rhetoric Henry W. Johnstone Jr. 3. Philosophical Rhetoric Donald Phillip Verene 4. Theoretical Pieties, Johnstone's Impiety, and Ordinary Views of Argumentation Jean Goodwin 5. Kinship: The Relationship Between Johnstone's Ideas About Philosophical Argument And The Pragma-Dialectical Theory Of Argumentation Frans H. van Eemeren and Peter Houtlosser 6. Rhetoric Achieves Nature: A View from Old Europe Philippe-Joseph Salazar 7. On Rhetoric as Gift/Giving Marilee Mifsud 8. Rhetorical Criticism and the Challenges of Bilateral Argument Stephen H. Browne 9. The Faith and Struggle of Beginning (with) Words: On the Turn Between Reconciliation and Recognition Erik Doxtaxder 10. No Time for Mourning: The Rhetorical Production of the Melancholic Citizen-Subject in the War on Terror Barbara Biesecker 11. Oral Rhetoric, Rhetoric, and Literature Carroll C. Arnold