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This volume presents a rhetorical model for understanding the diverse discourses of modernity. Wells describes modernity as a system of texts which we are only now learning to read. In order to comprehend how these texts organize our world, she argues, we must grasp how reason and desire interact to create meaning. To this end, Wells offers a rhetoric based on an understanding of meaning as intersubjectivity created through the work of language. Wells elaborates this "rhetoric of intersubjectivity" by drawing on both Jurgen Habermas's concept of communicative rationality and on Jacques Lacan's theory of desire, affirming the significance of reason and desire for rhetorical studies. From scientific articles to classroom altercations, contemporary government hearings to Montaigne's "Essays", Wells organizes several using rhetoric as an art, and she shows how rhetoric operates in practice.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226893372
ISBN-10: 0226893375
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 155mm x 16mm)
Pages: 300
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 8-Aug-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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