"In The Rhetoric of RHETORIC Wayne C. Booth
passionately and persuasively demonstrates the centrality of rhetoric to human inquiry and human interaction. Taking Booth s manifesto seriously –– responding to it in the spirit of what he calls listening rhetoric –– can improve the quality of our thought, our interactions, and, thus, our lives." James Phelan, Ohio State University
From the Back Cover
The Rhetoric of RHETORIC
is a manifesto addressed to a broadaudience, dramatizing the importance of rhetorical studies andlamenting their widespread neglect. In it, distinguished criticWayne C. Booth claims that communication in every corner of lifecan be improved if only we study rhetoric more closely.
After exploring and combating the various pejorative definitionsof rhetoric and briefly tracing its history, Boothexplores the consequences of bad rhetoric in education, inpolitics, and in the media. A few cures for bad rhetoric areoffered, and a final chapter investigates the possibility ofreducing harmful conflict by practicing a rhetoric that depends ondeep listening by both sides. The key example used is the warfarebetween science and religion.