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Edmund Burke and the Art of Rhetoric

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  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107006577

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  • Edmund Burke ranks among the most accomplished orators ever to debate in the British Parliament. But often his eloquence has been seen to compromise his achievements as a political thinker. In the first full-length account of Burke's rhetoric, Bullard argues that Burke's ideas about civil society, and particularly about the process of political deliberation, are, for better or worse, shaped by the expressiveness of his language. Above all, Burke's eloquence is designed to express ethos or character. This rhetorical imperative is itself informed by Burke's argument that the competency of every political system can be judged by the ethical knowledge that the governors have of both the people that they govern and of themselves. Bullard finds the intellectual roots of Burke's 'rhetoric of character' in early modern moral and aesthetic philosophy, and traces its development through Burke's parliamentary career to its culmination in his masterpiece, Reflections on the Revolution in France.

    • Will appeal to readers with a technical or historical interest in rhetoric, as well as to Burke specialists
    • Offers new readings of Burke's best-known texts, the Philosophical Enquiry and the Reflections
    • Places Burke's writing for the first time in its intellectual contexts: emerging discourses of moral psychology and Irish debates about civic eloquence
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Complementing the large amount of scholarship on the structure and content of Burke's political thought, Bullard's book teaches us much about the complex history and reasoning behind Burke's ethical approach to political oratory.' Irish Studies Review

    'A fresh and immediately illuminating thesis.' Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107006577
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Burke, rhetoric and ethics
    1. The ethical turn in early modern rhetoric, 1600–1760
    2. Rhetoric in Ireland, 1693–1765
    3. The Epicurean aesthetics of Burke's Philosophical Enquiry
    4. Episodes in the evolution of Burke's eloquence
    5. Reflections on the Revolution in France and the rhetoric of character
    6. Burke, Rousseau and the purchase of eloquence

  • Author

    Paddy Bullard, University of Kent, Canterbury
    Paddy Bullard is Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury.

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