Thomas Jefferson and the Rhetoric of Virtue

Thomas Jefferson and the Rhetoric of Virtue Nearly years after his death Thomas Jefferson continues to fascinate and mystify scholars and the public alike Recently it seems that every aspect of his life and career including a possible re

  • Title: Thomas Jefferson and the Rhetoric of Virtue
  • Author: James L. Golden
  • ISBN: 9780742520806
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nearly 200 years after his death, Thomas Jefferson continues to fascinate and mystify scholars and the public alike Recently, it seems that every aspect of his life and career, including a possible relationship with one of his slaves, has been put under the microscope But Jefferson s interest in rhetoric, or discourse, has always been but a footnote before Jefferson andNearly 200 years after his death, Thomas Jefferson continues to fascinate and mystify scholars and the public alike Recently, it seems that every aspect of his life and career, including a possible relationship with one of his slaves, has been put under the microscope But Jefferson s interest in rhetoric, or discourse, has always been but a footnote before Jefferson and the Rhetoric of Virtue In this volume, James L Golden and Alan L Golden undertake the first careful study of Jefferson s rhetorical philosophy and practice They find that not only did Jefferson take a great interest in classical and modern students of rhetoric, but that he developed his own program for its study They also discover that Jefferson viewed the study of discourse as a vehicle for upholding virtue Jefferson s commitment to virtue, the authors argue, helps to explain his interest in rhetoric, just as a study of his rhetorical philosophy leads to a deeper understanding of his commitment to virtue Golden and Golden discuss Jefferson s influences and education in rhetoric, how he came to be interested in the field, and the development of his philosophy on discourse Supplemented by extensive primary source material, Thomas Jefferson and the Rhetoric of Virtue gives readers a first hand account of Jefferson s understanding of virtue as viewed through his studies in rhetoric.

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