Rhetoric, Argumentative and Divine - Richard Whately and His Discursive Project of the 1820s
by Erkki Patokorpi
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Richard Whately (1787-1863), Archbishop of Dublin, was a moralist, philosopher, theologian, logician, rhetorician and Oxford professor of political economy. His treatises on logic and rhetoric dominated the college and university curricula for decades in 19th-century Britain and America. He is the most important early writer on what is now called the theory of argumentation. This sharp and original thinker was a very prominent figure in his own time, and often knowing Whately is knowing what men like J. S. Mill, Whewell, Bentham and Hamultin were arguing against. The present text gives a comprehensive account of Whately's thinking and shows that his early writings form a rich discursive project whose main elements are a relativist theory of knowledge, a presentation of the Christian ethics of duty, and a normative theory of discourse ethics.
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The Author: Erkki Patokorpi is a historian of science and ideas, working at the History Department of Oulu University, Finland. His present research interests are the history of science and the rhetoric of science in the 19th-century in Europe
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