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ERIC Number: EJ1064719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Equipment for Thinking: Or Why Kenneth Burke Is Still Worth Reading
Richards, Jennifer
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v34 n4 p363-375 Jul 2015
In a market place crowded with practical rhetoric books what educational value could a challenging work such as Kenneth Burke's "A Rhetoric of Motives" (1950) possibly have? Burke knows but doesn't use the terminology of the classical art and rather than analysing the persuasive rhetoric of well-known speeches to equip us with strategies, he weaves his way around literary texts, teasing out meanings that their authors something intended, sometimes did not. Yet, despite such difficulties, "A Rhetoric of Motives" is a practical rhetoric book. It is just that its process of explication teaches us to think well. This essay tries to explain Burke's rethinking of the purpose and contents of a traditional teaching tool--the rhetorical handbook--and defends the value of literary-rhetorical reading that aims to 'equip' citizens to think openly.
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Language: English
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