Five Chapters On Rhetoric: Character, Action, Things, Nothing, And Art by Michael S. KochinFive Chapters On Rhetoric: Character, Action, Things, Nothing, And Art by Michael S. Kochin

Five Chapters On Rhetoric: Character, Action, Things, Nothing, And Art

byMichael S. Kochin

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Michael Kochin’s radical exploration of rhetoric is built around five fundamental concepts that illuminate how rhetoric functions in the public sphere. To speak persuasively is to bring new things into existence—to create a political movement out of a crowd, or an army out of a mob.

Five Chapters on Rhetoric explores our path to things through our judgments of character and action. It shows how speech and writing are used to defend the fabric of social life from things or facts. Finally, Kochin shows how the art of rhetoric aids us in clarifying things when we speak to communicate, and helps protect us from their terrible clarity when we speak to maintain our connections to others.

Kochin weaves together rhetorical criticism, classical rhetoric, science studies, public relations, and political communication into a compelling overview both of persuasive strategies in contemporary politics and of the nature and scope of rhetorical studies.

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Michael S. Kochin is Senior Lecturer in Political Science at Tel Aviv University and has held visiting appointments at Toronto, Princeton, and Yale. He is the author of Gender and Rhetoric in Plato’s Political Thought (2002), which was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice. Michael S. Kochin is Senior Lecturer in Political Scie...
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Title:Five Chapters On Rhetoric: Character, Action, Things, Nothing, And ArtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.46 inPublished:August 28, 2012Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Character

2. Action

3. Things

4. Nothing

5. Art

Postscript: How to Begin to Analyze a Speech

Select Bibliography

Index

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“Is it possible to say something new about one of the oldest topics of political philosophy, the question of rhetoric? Michael Kochin’s penetrating book proves that it is. He does so by taking seriously a whole range of sources on political speech, communication, and persuasion, from Aristotle and Demosthenes to social science on the nature of public opinion to Bruno Latour’s sociology of knowledge, and by reflecting on the topic in unusual depth. His book is original and it has a provocative simplicity.”—Bryan Garsten, Iyyun: The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly