Computational Culture and the New Platonism in Neoliberal Rhetoric

  • Gerald Voorhees
Part of the Rhetoric, Politics and Society book series (RPS)


This chapter proposes “New Platonism” as a way of describing rhetorical argument practices in the context of computational culture and neoliberal governmentality. An increasingly common rhetorical strategy, New Platonism features an enthymematic appeal premised in the presumption that there is only one possible, epistemologically sound solution to moral, social, and political problems, the very types of questions that Aristotle distinguished from philosophy and placed firmly within the domain of rhetoric. To wit, a cultural logic readily identified as Platonic is resurgent as a result of the contemporary social and material conditions, particularly computational culture and neoliberalism.


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  • Gerald Voorhees
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  1. 1.Department of Speech CommunicationUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooUSA

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