The New Rhetoric: A Treatise on Argumentation
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The New Rhetoric: A Treatise on Argumentation

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"It is difficult to see how any rhetorician, rhetorical critic, logician interested in verbal logic, or student of either philosophical or popular argument can claim full competence without familiarity with this work. It challenges the orthodoxies of all and suggests fresh modes of inquiry to all." —The Quarterly Journal of Speech
Paperback, 576 pages
Published September 30th 1991 by University of Notre Dame Press (first published June 1969)
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This book won me over to Perelmanism in many ways, not least because it was so readable and straddled the theory-practice line so neatly. I’d love to write something like this, but that may perhaps be a dead genre at this point in our disciplinary history. For my research interests, I was naturally very interested in the authors’ support of the epideictic, but there is even more there I love. My questions about whether an audience is (in the words of Lunsford & Ede) invoked or addressed when...more
Using a heavily taxonomic approach reminiscent of Aristotle’s Rhetoric, the authors of The New Rhetoric set out to revitalize argumentation given its subordination and denigration in twentieth-century philosophy. Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca argue that, starting with Descartes, philosophy and many other fields have wrongly regarded self-evidence as the sole method of rational proof and argument. For the authors, “It is the idea of self-evidence as characteristic of reason, which we must assail”...more
Although I'm not finished with this book yet, I can't help commenting on my reactions thus far. Overall, this book is a useful corrective to the Cartesian, positivist world-view that the only worthwhile discourses are verifiable truth statements. Perelman makes a convincing argument that focusing only on speech of this kind excludes the vast majority of communication, and that its equally, if not more, important to pay close attention to how discourse in the realm of opinion, or "the realm of rh...more
J.F. Hussey
A twentieth-century empirical approach to argumentation. Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca would go on to condense, revise and synthesize their work in the much more readable The Realm of Rhetoric (1982), but this is the original.
perpetually reading this thing. while much requires a modern appropriation, it serves as an excellent bridge between rhetorical and theoretical purviews.
Andrew Mcneill
A good book but it is largely descriptive and seeks to set out all the features of rhetoric and discourse.
I really enjoyed their view both of rhetoric and the possibilities for argumentation.
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SO hard to understand - but so important.
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