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The Conversational Enlightenment: The Reconception of Rhetoric in Eighteenth-Century Thought

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FORMAT: Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9781474448673
RRP: £24.99
PAGES: 296
PUBLICATION DATE: November 30, 2020

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The Conversational Enlightenment: The Reconception of Rhetoric in Eighteenth-Century Thought

By (author) David Randall

The ever-widening application of conversational style created a conversational Enlightenment The Conversational Enlightenment traces the spread of the concept of conversation during the Enlightenment, including the project of politeness, the fine arts, philosophy and public opinion. The book narrates this triumph of conversational style and thought partly as a succession to the oratorical rhetoric that characterised the Renaissance and partly as the victory of the only mode of speech that recognised women as women, and not as imitation men. It also rewrites Jurgen Habermas’ history of the public sphere as the history of rational conversation.Key Features:The first book-length intellectual history of Enlightenment conversation in EnglishSynthesises a great deal of Enlightenment intellectual history within the frameworks of rhetoric and conversationPuts women’s speech at the heart of the history of Enlightenment rhetoricFuses Habermas’ historical-theoretical framework to the history of rhetoric, revising both

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