Democracy & Rhetoric: John Dewey on the Arts of Becoming

Democracy & Rhetoric: John Dewey on the Arts of Becoming

Democracy & Rhetoric: John Dewey on the Arts of Becoming

Democracy & Rhetoric: John Dewey on the Arts of Becoming

Synopsis

This title presents an innovative approach to Dewey's view of rhetoric as art, revealing an 'ontology of becoming'. In Democracy and Rhetoric, Nathan Crick articulates from John Dewey's body of work a philosophy of rhetoric that reveals the necessity for bringing forth a democratic life infused with the spirit of ethics, a method of inquiry, and a sense of beauty. Crick relies on rhetorical theory as well as interdisciplinary insights from philosophy, history, sociology, aesthetics, and political science as he demonstrates that significant engagement with issues of rhetoric and communication are central to Dewey's political philosophy. In his rhetorical reading of Dewey, Crick examines the sophistical underpinnings of Dewey's philosophy and finds it much informed by notions of radical individuality, aesthetic experience, creative intelligence, and persuasive advocacy as essential to the formation of communities of judgment.
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