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Reading Nietszche Rhetorically (Revisioning Rhetoric) Hardcover – 16 Dec 1998


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"This book will have a major impact in both rhetoric and Nietzsche studies. Thomas does not settle for standard or accepted ways of approaching Nietzsche. He understands, respects, and carefully articulates Nietzsche's substantive contribution to rhetoric. Equally important, Nietzsche himself is read as a rhetorician--one who does not just theorize rhetoric in relation to Western philosophical traditions, but who also exploits its potential in posing alternatives for thinking and living. Nietzsche scholars and newcomers to his thought will benefit immensely from this ambitious book." --Carole Blair, Professor of American Studies, University of California, Davis "The first full-length treatment of a Nietzschean rhetoric, this book fills a void in contemporary rhetorical scholarship. Thomas provides a superb analysis that confronts Nietzsche on his own terms. The result is a reading that illustrates the rich texture of Nietzsche's theoretical perspective while illuminating his marked influence as both rhetorical theorist and master rhetorician. Comprehensive and eloquently argued, the text will have a range of uses in advanced undergraduate and graduate-level courses. It is written in a highly accessible style, making it possible for students with little or no prior exposure to Nietzsche, or to classical rhetoric, to understand the central arguments and gain a deeper appreciation for the role language plays in negotiating our relation to the world around us." --Raymie E. McKerrow, Professor, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio ""Reading Nietzsche Rhetorically" is a timely, crossdisciplinary contribution. Thomas has disclosed an extremely accessible route of entry into the labyrinth of Nietzsche's thought. Students of rhetoric and philosophy will find Thomas to be an amiable and teacherly guide." --Daniel W. Conway, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University "In important ways, "Reading Nietzsche Rhetorically" explores the key i

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Douglas Thomas, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, where he teaches courses in Contemporary Critical Theory and Cultural Studies of Technology. His work has appeared in such journals as "Philosophy & Rhetoric," "Communication Theory," "The Quarterly Journal of Speech," and "The Journal of Nietzsche Studies."


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HASH(0x927feae0) out of 5 stars Nietzschean Criticism without style 6 Jun. 2000
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To begin I must say that as to content and organization, this is an excellent book. The problem is it is about style. This is only a problem in that the book itself lacks one. In the words of the Negro Spiritual "Everybody talkin' `bout hebben aint goin' there." Is it perhaps enough to talk about Nietzsche's style when he explicitly tells us that conquering nihilism requires we enact our own (GS 290)? Could it be that our author has imbibed too much nihilist French criticism, which evades coming to grips with Nietzsche (which must come at the expense of dealing with the me myself) in the name of becoming merely "Nietzschean?" Is this not, perhaps, how all "Truth" begins: in becoming critical in order to avoid having to come to grips with the me myself? By all means, buy this book. Read this book. But become who you are, not just somebody who knows how to debunk "Truth."
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