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Rhetoric, Politics and Society

Political Theory between Philosophy and Rhetoric

Politics as Transcendence and Contingency

Authors: Ballacci, Giuseppe

  • Makes a significant contribution to the study of rhetoric in poltical theory
  • Creates a dialogue between historical political theorists and twentieth-century thinkers
  • Combines the fields of philosophy, political theory and rhetoric studies
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About this book

This book explores the significance of rhetoric from the perspective of its complex relationship with philosophy. It demonstrates how this relationship gives expression to a basic tension at the core of politics: that between the contingency of its happening and the transcendence toward which it strives.

The first part of the study proposes a reassessment of the ancient quarrel between philosophy and rhetoric, as it was discussed by Plato, Aristotle, and above all Cicero and Quintilian, who ambitiously attempted to bring them together creating an ideal that is at the roots of the humanist tradition. It then moves to twentieth-century political theory and shows how the questions that emerge from that quarrel still strongly resonate in the works of key thinkers such as H. Arendt, L. Strauss, and R. Rorty.

The volume thus offers an original contribution that locates itself at the intersection of politics, rhetoric, and philosophy.

About the authors

Giuseppe Ballacci is Research Fellow at the University of Minho, Portugal.  He has held visiting positions in many institutions, including Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, KU Leuven, Université Libre de Bruxelles, University of Chicago, and New School for Social Research. His areas of interest are Contemporary Political Theory, History of Political Thought, and Rhetoric.

 

Reviews

“Giuseppe Ballacci’s book bridges the gulf between rhetoric and political thinking with studies of a number of ancient and modern authors. The central conceptual pair, contingency vs. transcendence, regards rhetoric as adapting politics to the specific audiences and philosophy as a medium to open up political horizons.” (Kari Palonen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
“In a stimulating and original analysis of Plato and Aristotle, Cicero and Quintilian, as well as Leo Strauss, Richard Rorty and Hannah Arendt, Ballacci has provided us a fresh and penetrating interpretation of the perennial debate between philosophy and rhetoric. His is an essential reading for scholars and students in political theory, rhetoric and intellectual history.” (Benedetto Fontana, Baruch College and Graduate Center/CUNY, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Ballacci, Giuseppe

    Pages 1-10

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  • Between Philosophy and Rhetoric: Plato and Aristotle

    Ballacci, Giuseppe

    Pages 13-50

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  • The Union of Philosophy and Rhetoric: Cicero and Quintilian

    Ballacci, Giuseppe

    Pages 51-83

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  • Politics as Transcendence: Leo Strauss

    Ballacci, Giuseppe

    Pages 87-118

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  • Politics as Contingency: Richard Rorty

    Ballacci, Giuseppe

    Pages 119-147

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eBook 91,62 €
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover 114,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-95292-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Political Theory between Philosophy and Rhetoric
Book Subtitle
Politics as Transcendence and Contingency
Authors
Series Title
Rhetoric, Politics and Society
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95293-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95293-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95292-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 215
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