Martin Heidegger is a key philosophical thinker who has influenced contemporary scholarship in rhetorical theory. His concept of disclosure has become particularly significant because it is uniquely situated to explain the nuances of contemporary public political address. Yet the meaning and applicability of Heidegger's rhetoric of disclosure to explain new forms of political speech have been contested by two contemporary philosophers, Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze, who advance different interpretations of the nature of a rhetoric of disclosure--one highlighting rhetoric as immanence, the other transcendence. This thesis, then, examines the philosophical and rhetorical debate about the rhetoric of disclosure by focusing on Derrida's transcendent interpretation and Deleuze's immanent interpretation in an effort to clarify Heidegger's rhetoric of disclosure and its usefulness for rhetorical studies. These divergent perspectives will then be applied to the political case study of President Barack Obama's "A More Perfect Union" speech to assess how each contributes to our understanding of rhetorical theory and criticism.
|Commitee:||Fox, Ragan, Smith, Craig|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Philosophy, Communication, Rhetoric|
|Keywords:||Deleuze, Gilles, Derrida, Jacques, Heidegger, Immanence, Obama, Barack, Transcendence|
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