Chaim Perelman by Alan G. Gross, Ray D. Dearin

By Alan G. Gross, Ray D. Dearin

Introduces within the rhetorical idea of 1 of Aristotle's most crucial heris.

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Neither experience nor calculation can serve as a basis for such an application; the equality at the root of the idea of justice was exposed as a purely formal affair, and the foundations of Perelman’s positivism began to shake. ) for evaluating justice seemed to be arbitrary. To attempt a universal validation of any such norm would lead to an infinite regress, since the standard upon which that norm was based would have to be justified, and so on. Such reasoning led Perelman to conclude that there could be no perfect justice.

Idea of Justice 86) Viewed from Perelman’s lofty philosophical perspective, inertia is “the basis of the stability of our spiritual and social life” (New Rhetoric and the Humanities 131). It becomes an encompassing explanatory principle in The New Rhetoric, where it is operationalized in the form of presumptions, which serve as bases or starting points of argument. In brief review, we see that Perelman’s analysis of justice revealed a principle of action, formalized as the rule of justice, which pervades all rational activity.

In brief review, we see that Perelman’s analysis of justice revealed a principle of action, formalized as the rule of justice, which pervades all rational activity. His search for a logic of value judgments led him (and OlbrechtsTyteca) to “rediscover” the dialectical and rhetorical proofs of Aristotle. Both strands of his research then conjoined to produce an expansive view of reason. The Concept of Rhetorical Reason By the time The New Rhetoric was published, it was clear that Perelman had an expansive and ambitious philosophical goal in mind.

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