ERIC Number: ED057053
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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Communication and Culture in Ancient India and China.
Oliver, Robert T.
The rhetorical theories and practices of ancient India and China provide the themes of this book. An examination of the relationship between culture and rhetoric, East and West, opens the book. The rhetorical milieu of India, its philosophy, social system, and uses of speech, leads to a probing of the caste system and speech of the Brahmins. Hinduism and other pre-Buddhistic rhetorical theories, including a study of the Upanishads and forms of debate, are considered along with the influence of Gautama Buddha. The rhetorical milieu of China is examined, together with analysis of the earliest classic, an anthology of political speeches. Chinese rhetoric of etiquette is compared with Hindu caste rhetoric. The rhetorical systems of Confucius and Mencius are evaluated in detail, after which the motivational rhetorics of Mo-Tze and Hsuntze are examined. Han Fei-Tzu's totalitarian rhetoric is contrasted with the Taoist rhetorics of Lao-Tzu's totalitarian rhetoric is contrasted with the Taoist rhetorics of Lao-Tzu and Chuang-Tzu. The book concludes with a chapter on characteristics of Asian rhetoric, with a comparison of rhetorics of East and West. Notes, bibliography, and index are included. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Chinese Culture, Communication (Thought Transfer), Comparative Analysis, Cultural Context, Diachronic Linguistics, Indians, Persuasive Discourse, Philosophy, Rhetoric, Social Attitudes, Speech, Verbal Communication, Western Civilization
Syracuse University Press, Box 8, University Station, Syracuse, New York 13210 ($12.00)
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Identifiers - Location: China; India