Saving Persuasion: A Defense of Rhetoric and Judgment (Paperback)Bryan Garsten
Paperback Published: 06/03/2009
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In today's increasingly polarized political landscape, it seems that fewer and fewer citizens hold out hope of persuading one another. Even among those who have not given up on persuasion, few will admit to practicing the art of persuasion known as rhetoric. To describe political speech as 'rhetoric' today is to accuse it of being superficial or manipulative. In "Saving Persuasion", Bryan Garsten uncovers the early modern origins of this suspicious attitude toward rhetoric and seeks to loosen its grip on contemporary political theory. He argues that the artful practice of persuasion ought to be viewed as a crucial part of democratic politics.
Publisher: Harvard University Press