Politics & Rhetoric: Coming to Terms with Terms by G. YoosPolitics & Rhetoric: Coming to Terms with Terms by G. Yoos

Politics & Rhetoric: Coming to Terms with Terms

byG. Yoos

Hardcover | August 11, 2009

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Since we need words with new meanings to discover what is true, it follows that without those words there could be no truth as we know it. Without just those words that we create there would be no knowledge for us. In that case knowledge is found embedded in the very words that we formulate. Interpretation and definition as rhetorical and logical modes are interactive in determining and précising meaning that transcends our repertoire of literal usage. “Language use” by abandoning old trails of usage and by refining usage gives us the opportunity and freedom to explore and discover what never has been thought about, used, or expressed before.

George E. Yoos is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at St. Cloud State University. He founded the Rhetoric Society Quarterly in 1972. He is the author of Reframing Rhetoric: A Liberal Politics without Dogma, Palgrave, 2007, and his most recently published articles and reviews cover such various topics as critical thin...
Title:Politics & Rhetoric: Coming to Terms with TermsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:244 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:August 11, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230617468

ISBN - 13:9780230617469


Table of Contents

PART I: PARADOXES IN TALKING ABOUT MEANING * One Sided Rhetorical Critiques about Meaning * What is the Meaning of Life? * Making and Discovering Meaning * The Meaning of What You Would Like to Mean * PART II: THEORIES OF LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION * Language Use and Language Usage * Rhetorical Use and Usage * Limits of a Code Theory of Language * Definitional Proposals and Definitional Reports * Inferential Theory of Language * Figurative Language * PART III: INTERPRETATION AND DEFINITION AS HISTORICALLY DEVELOPED CONCEPTS * “Interpretation” and “Definition” as Umbrella Terms * “Interpretation” and “Definition” as Correlative Terms * Contrasts between Definitions and Interpretations * Nominal, Conceptual, and Real Definitions * Rhetorical Definition: Talking and Walking the Talk * PART IV: LOGICAL DEFINITION, THE LANGUAGE OF CONTROL, AND RHETORICAL CRITICISM * Logical Definitions by Class and Differentia * Logical Definitions by Necessary and Sufficient Conditions * Pigeon Holes and Rational Numbers * Coming to Terms with Terms about Application and Control * Interpretations as Hypotheses and the Contexts of Interpretation in Rhetorical Criticism