Rhetoric and Kairos
Essays in History, Theory, and Praxis
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This collection offers the first comprehensive discussion of the history, theory, and pedagogical applications of kairos, a seminal and recently revised concept of classical rhetoric. Augusto Rostagni, James L. Kinneavy, Richard Leo Enos, John Poulakos, and John E. Smith are among the international list of scholars who explore the Homeric and literary origins of kairos, the technologies of time-keeping in antiquity, the role of "right-timing" in Hippocratic medicine, the improvisations of Gorgias, as well as the uses of kairos in Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and the New Testament. Broad in its scope, the book also examines the distinctive philosophies of time reflected in Renaissance Humanism, Nineteenth-Century American Transcendentalism, Oriental art and ritual, and the application of kairos to contemporary philosophy, ethics, literary criticism, rhetorical theory, and composition pedagogy.
State University of New York Press, 9780791452332, 272pp.
Publication Date: January 17, 2002
About the Author
Phillip Sipiora is Professor and Associate Chair of English at The University of South Florida. He is the coeditor, with Fredric G. Gale and James L. Kinneavy, of Ethical Issues in College Writing.James S. Baumlin is Professor of English at Southwest Missouri State University. He is the author of John Donne and the Rhetorics of Renaissance Discourse and coeditor, with Tita F. Baumlin, of Ethos: New Essays in Rhetorical and Critical Theory.