The Concept of Doxa in the European Reinvention of Rhetoric
2017 (English)In: Rhetoric in Europe: Philosophical Issues, Rhetorik in Europa, Band 1, Berlin: Frank & Timme, s. 79-87.: Bengtson, E. "The Concept of Doxa in the European Reinvention of Rhetoric" (2017), I: Gutenberg, N. & Fiordo, R. (red) (2017) Rhetoric in Europe: Philosophical Issues, Rhetorik in Europa, Band 1, Berlin: Frank & Timme, s. 79-87. / [ed] Gutenberg, Norbert. & Fiordo, Richard., Berlin: Frank & Timme, 2017, 79-87 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Since the birth of rhetorical theory in ancient Greece the discussion on rhetoric has been intertwined with a discussion on knowledge.
In the American field of Speech/Communication a reawakened discussion on rhetoric and knowledge has become known as the “Rhetoric as epistemic”-debate. In the European reinvention of rhetoric the subject did not, in the same way, take the form of a structured discipline, but instead grew as a research interest within other disciplines. This does not, however, mean that Europe lacks a modern, insightful and explicitly rhetorical discussion on the relationship between rhetoric and knowledge – quite the opposite.
This paper describes how the classical concept of doxa is used in the European reinvention of rhetoric. This is done through a comparative discussion of the different alignments of doxa developed by Roland Barthes, Pierre Bourdieu and Martin Heidegger and further developed by Ruth Amossy, Mats Rosengren and Robert Hariman.
The comparison highlights central issues in the formation of a modern rhetorical view on knowledge, such as the relationship between a critical and a constructive view on doxa, the relationship between substance and appearance and the relationship between structures of power and human agency. The concept of doxa is shown to be a fertile focal point for a transnational discussion on rhetoric and knowledge related to the classical rhetorical tradition as well as the relatively modern tradition of continental philosophy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: Frank & Timme, 2017. 79-87 p.
Rhetorik in Europa, 1
Doxa, Heidegger, Hariman, Barthes, Amossy, Bourdieu, Rosengren, Rhetoric
Research subject Rhetoric
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-317329OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-317329DiVA: diva2:1081306