Kant and the Promise of Rhetoric

2015.07.38 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Scott R. Stroud, Kant and the Promise of Rhetoric, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014, 274pp., $79.95 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.07.38 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Scott R. Stroud, Kant and the Promise of Rhetoric, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014, 274pp., $79.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780271064192. Reviewed by Melissa Zinkin, Binghamton University In the Critique of the Power of Judgment, Kant says that both rhetoric and poetry are products of beautiful art (5:305). However, Kant values these products of art quite differently. He writes: Rhetoric, insofar as by that is meant the art of persuasion, i.e. of deceiving by means of beautiful illusion (as an ars oratoria), and not merely skill in speaking (eloquence and style), is a dialectic, which borrows from the art of poetry only as much as to win minds over to the advantage of the speaker before they can judge and to rob them of their freedom: thus it cannot be recommended either for the courtroom or for the pulpit . . . (Rhetoric) bring(s) to bear the machinery of persuasion, which,... Read More

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