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ERIC Number: EJ881630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
ISSN: ISSN-1057-0314
What Does Pragmatic Meliorism Mean for Rhetoric?
Stroud, Scott R.
Western Journal of Communication, v74 n1 p43-60 Jan 2010
This article considers how rhetorical scholarship might proceed if it were to take the charge of pragmatic meliorism seriously. After discussing the notion of meliorism as employed by John Dewey, I argue that it would involve a radical reshaping of method in rhetorical theory, criticism, and pedagogy. Not all research must be meliorative, but research that is meliorative is characterized by an engagement with lived experience. With this characteristic in mind, I conclude by proposing four maxims that can guide melioristic work in rhetoric.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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