© 1979

The New Rhetoric and the Humanities

Essays on Rhetoric and its Applications


Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 140)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Chaïm Perelman
    Pages 43-51
  3. Chaïm Perelman
    Pages 52-61
  4. Chaïm Perelman
    Pages 73-81
  5. Chaïm Perelman
    Pages 82-90
  6. Chaïm Perelman
    Pages 101-106
  7. Chaïm Perelman
    Pages 107-110
  8. Chaïm Perelman
    Pages 111-116
  9. Chaïm Perelman
    Pages 117-123
  10. Chaïm Perelman
    Pages 124-133
  11. Chaïm Perelman
    Pages 134-137
  12. Chaïm Perelman
    Pages 138-145
  13. Chaïm Perelman
    Pages 146-158
  14. Chaïm Perelman
    Pages 159-167
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 168-180

About this book


Modern logic has Wldergone some remarkable developments in the last hun­ dred years. These have contributed to the extraordinary use of formal logic which has become essentially the concern of mathematicians. This has led to attempts to identify logic with formal logic. The claim has even been made that all non-formal reasoning, to the extent that it cannot be formalized, no longer belongs to logic. This conception leads to a genuine impoverishment of logic as well as to a narrow conception of reason. It means that as soon as demonstrative proofs are no longer available reason will no longer dominate. Even the idea of the 'reasonable' becomes foreign to logic and such expres­ sions as 'reasonable decisions', 'reasonable choice' or 'reasonable hypotheses' would be put aside as meaningless. The domain of action, including method­ ology and everything that is given over to deliberation or controversy - i.e., foreign to formal logic - would become a battleground where necessarily the reason of the strongest would always prevail.


Argument Argumentation Dialog education philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of BrusselsBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The New Rhetoric and the Humanities
  • Book Subtitle Essays on Rhetoric and its Applications
  • Authors Ch. Perelman
  • Series Title Synthese Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1018-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-277-1019-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-9482-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIV, 180
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Logic
    Social Sciences, general
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