ERIC Number: ED172274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Richard Weaver on Rhetoric and Culture.
Bliese, John R. E.
The rhetorician Richard M. Weaver analyzed culture as profoundly ill and he viewed rhetoric as closely tied to culture. Rhetoric relies on the cultural focal point for its effectiveness; orators must operate on a basis of common, accepted, uncontested terms and premises to move their audiences, and mutual assent to a "tyrannizing image" is necessary for an orator to get premises accepted. Rhetoric serves as a cultural glue, supplying the informed sentiment necessary for the bond of community. For Weaver, culture is an expression of values, is symbolic, is exclusive and integrating, meets psychic needs, is form which equals style, is religious, is a matter of feeling or emotion, and is hierarchical and aristocratic. In Weaver's view, culture, history, and rhetoric are interrelated in a complex fashion. (DF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Weaver (Richard M)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Biloxi, Mississippi, April 11-14, 1979)