"Rhetoric and Hermeneutics in Our Time" by Walter Jost

Rhetoric and Hermeneutics in Our Time A Reader Walter Jost, Michael J. Hyde

Yale Studies in Hermeneutics
Publication date:
29 May 1997
Yale University Press
400 pages: 235 x 156mm
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This thought-provoking book initiates a dialogue among scholars in rhetoric and hermeneutics in many areas of the humanities. Twenty leading thinkers explore the ways these two powerful disciplines inform each other and influence a wide variety of intellectual fields. Walter Jost and Michael J. Hyde organize pivotal topics in rhetoric and hermeneutics with originality and coherence, dividing their book into four sections: Locating the Disciplines; Inventions and Applications; Arguments and Narratives; and Civic Discourse and Critical Theory.

Contributors to this volume include Hans-Georg Gadamer (one of whose pieces is here translated into English for the first time), Paul Ricoeur, Gerald L. Bruns, Charles Altieri, Richard E. Palmer, Calvin O. Schrag,.Victoria Kahn, Eugene Garver, Michael Leff, Nancy S. Streuver, Wendy Olmsted, David Tracy, Donald G. Marshall, Allen Scult, Rita Copeland, William Rehg, and Steven Mailloux.

For readers across the humanities, the book demonstrates the usefulness of rhetorical and hermeneutic approaches in literary, philosophical, legal, religious, and political thinking. With its stimulating new perspectives on the revival and interrelation of both rhetoric and hermeneutics, this collection is sure to serve as a benchmark for years to come.

Walter Jost is associate professor of English at the University of Virginia. Michael J. Hyde is University Professor of Communication Ethics at Wake Forest University.

"This volume introduces readers to a fair and lively sampling of current thinking about the complex relation between the sister (and maybe even twin) disciplines of rhetoric and hermeneutics."?Kathy Eden

"A brilliant collection of some very important theoretical writings."?Philosophical Hermeneutics

"This truly monumental compilation will be appreciated by scholars and students of the arts; literature; history; and British, Irish, and European culture and civilization."?Shirley L. Hopkinson, American Reference Books Annual

"Rhetoric and Hermeneutics in Our Time: A Reader, is an exceedingly lucid and cogent guide to many of the most significant themes and ideas. . . . The real value of this reader lies in its commitment to presenting the art of rhetoric as a practical tool in the service of the hermeneutic impulse."?Mark Dooley, Review of Metaphysics