The Philosophy of Rhetoric

Paperback | December 1, 1995

byI. A. Richards

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In this in-depth work, Richards defines rhetoric as the study of misunderstanding and its remedies. Focusing on how words work in discourse, he examines the interaction of words with each other and with their contexts, demonstrating how a continual synthesis of meaning--or "principle ofmetaphor"--gives life to discussion. He also argues that we can better control and animate our use of words, and therefore decrease misunderstanding, by comprehending the way meaning changes in discourse.

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In this in-depth work, Richards defines rhetoric as the study of misunderstanding and its remedies. Focusing on how words work in discourse, he examines the interaction of words with each other and with their contexts, demonstrating how a continual synthesis of meaning--or "principle ofmetaphor"--gives life to discussion. He also arg...

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Our communication is limitedby misunderstanding. Rhetoric, as Professor Richards defines it, is the study of misunderstanding and its remedies. The conventional rules of the old rhetoric and the formulations of scientific language have narrow application to conversational speech; Professor Richard's definition of rhetoric is based on a...

Ivor Armstrong Richards (1893-1979) was an influential literary critic and rhetorician.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.35 inPublished:December 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195007158

ISBN - 13:9780195007152

Appropriate for ages: 14 - 14

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"....an important part of the foundation of contemporary rhetoric. Clear and to the point, Richards illuminates the place rhetoric occupies in human societies."--Dr. William O. Boggs, Slippery Rock University