The Future of Invention: Rhetoric, Postmodernism, and the by John Muckelbauer

By John Muckelbauer

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Examines the idea that of rhetorical invention from an affirmative, nondialectical perspective.

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The way forward for Invention hyperlinks classical rhetorical practices of invention with the philosophical paintings of Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Derrida and proposes that the most the most important implications of postmodern conception have long past principally unattended. Drawing on such classical rhetorical strategies as doxa, imitation, kairos, and topos, and interesting key works via Aristotle, Plato, the Sophists, and others, John Muckelbauer demonstrates how rhetorical invention can provide a nondialectical, "affirmative" feel of swap that invitations us to reconsider the ways that we learn, write, and reply to others.

"This is likely to be the main fascinating and cutting edge (inventive) ebook on rhetorical invention I've encountered in view that Deleuze's what's Philosophy? Muckelbauer not just contributes to but additionally essentially alters the dialog in this subject. He manages whatever that's virtually nonexistent within the field--to learn (to stick to textual lines, openings, prospects) instead of just to interpret. so much reviews in rhetorical invention, earlier, were mired in a number of humanist presumptions concerning the thinking/inventing subject--this paintings deals a major problem to that procedure, now not by means of arguing with it yet by way of acting whatever very different." -- Diane Davis, writer of breaking apart [at] Totality: A Rhetoric of Laughter

"This ebook incorporates a wealth of creative methods to special concerns in either postmodern thought and the sphere of rhetorical stories. Muckelbauer argues for and gives an unique kind of engagement with those matters that transforms scholarly discourse on invention." -- Bradford Vivian, writer of Being Made unusual: Rhetoric past Representation

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John Muckelbauer is Assistant Professor of English on the collage of South Carolina.

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The Future of Invention: Rhetoric, Postmodernism, and the Problem of Change

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Examines the idea that of rhetorical invention from an affirmative, nondialectical perspective.

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The way forward for Invention hyperlinks classical rhetorical practices of invention with the philosophical paintings of Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Derrida and proposes that essentially the most the most important implications of postmodern idea have long gone mostly unattended. Drawing on such classical rhetorical ideas as doxa, imitation, kairos, and topos, and interesting key works by means of Aristotle, Plato, the Sophists, and others, John Muckelbauer demonstrates how rhetorical invention can supply a nondialectical, "affirmative" experience of swap that invitations us to reconsider the ways that we learn, write, and reply to others.

"This is likely to be the main attention-grabbing and leading edge (inventive) publication on rhetorical invention I've encountered considering Deleuze's what's Philosophy? Muckelbauer not just contributes to but in addition essentially alters the dialog in this subject. He manages whatever that's nearly nonexistent within the field--to learn (to stick to textual strains, openings, prospects) instead of just to interpret. such a lot reviews in rhetorical invention, beforehand, were mired in a bunch of humanist presumptions concerning the thinking/inventing subject--this paintings bargains a significant problem to that method, now not by way of arguing with it yet through acting whatever very varied. " -- Diane Davis, writer of breaking apart [at] Totality: A Rhetoric of Laughter

"This booklet incorporates a wealth of artistic techniques to big concerns in either postmodern thought and the sphere of rhetorical reports. Muckelbauer argues for and gives an unique type of engagement with those matters that transforms scholarly discourse on invention. " -- Bradford Vivian, writer of Being Made unusual: Rhetoric past Representation

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John Muckelbauer is Assistant Professor of English on the college of South Carolina.

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While the propositions themselves might result from the application of formal logic, dialectical exchange, scientific inquiry, or even divine inspiration, they do not come from rhetoric. As James E. Porter writes, this traditional, managerial view indicates quite simply that the “search for knowledge and truth is accomplished prior to the rhetorical act” (18). Rhetorical invention only comes into play as the speaker attempts to figure out how to make this prerhetorical proposition persuasive. Rhetoric, then, functions as a kind of supplement to the proposition (and to Why Rhetoric?

The most recognizable difference offered by these attempts to expand rhetoric’s scope is that for a generative rhetoric, the proposition itself becomes responsive to the same contingent and contextual forces that have always applied to its persuasive transmission. That is, unlike in the managerial diagram, for these generative approaches, the proposition can no longer bracket itself off from the particular conditions of its emergence—it becomes the effect of actual, situated practices, and hence subject to the contingent, contextual forces that produce those practices.

Contingent And because rhetoric is an art of provoking responses and effects, it also exhibits a second key characteristic, one that is far more generally recognized than its asignifying quality: its concern with responding to particular situations and engaging particular audiences. That is, this managerial rhetoric is fundamentally an art of contingency and context; it is concerned with practical responses to actual situations. For instance, one might invent the means for adapting a proposition to a particular environment (by accommodating prevailing beliefs or values) or for adapting the particular environment to suit the proposition (by preparing the audience to become receptive).

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