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Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 377–384 | Cite as

Form, Experience and the Centrality of Rhetoric to Pedagogy

  • Barry BrummettEmail author
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Abstract

This essay notes a resurgence of interest in rhetorical studies on the appeal of form, grounded in the work of rhetorical theorist Kenneth Burke. The essay argues that form is not only a way to structure discourses, it is a way to structure experience. Form is foundational in creating perceptions and thus experiences. Form is also highly rhetorical, in that how we structure our world carries social and ideological implications. The essay thus argues that an understanding of form as foundational and rhetorical should be central to the educational curriculum. This way of understanding form is then a way of making rhetoric central to education in ways surpassing even the efforts of the ancient Greeks and Romans. A rhetorically centered curriculum based on teaching students how to understand form in their lives is empowering and liberating for students at the same time that it instills in them a strong awareness of ethics.

Keywords

Kenneth Burke Curriculum Education Ethics Form Rhetoric 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Charles Sapp Centennial Professor in Communication, Department of Communication Studies ChairThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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