Adaptive Rhetoric: Evolution, Culture, and the Art of by Alex C. Parrish

By Alex C. Parrish

Rhetorical scholarship has for many years relied exclusively on tradition to give an explanation for persuasive habit. whereas this concentration permits deep explorations of old condition, it neglects the robust results of biology on rhetorical habit – how bodies and brains support form and constrain rhetorical acts. not just is the cultural version incomplete, however it tacitly endorses the fallacy of human exceptionalism. by means of introducing evolutionary biology into the learn of rhetoric, this ebook serves as a version of a biocultural paradigm. Being aware of organic and cultural impacts permits a deeper view of rhetoric, person who knows the ubiquity of persuasive habit in nature. Human and nonhuman animals, or even a few crops, convince to outlive - to dwell, love, and cooperate. That this large spectrum of rhetorical habit exists within the animal global demonstrates how a lot we will be able to examine from evolutionary biology. via incorporating scholarship on animal signaling into the examine of rhetoric, the writer explores how conversation has advanced, and the way various diverse species of animals hire related persuasive strategies on the way to conquer related difficulties. This cross-species examine of rhetoric permits us to track the origins of our personal persuasive behaviors, supplying us with a deeper heritage of rhetoric that transcends the written and the televised, and reveals the artifacts of our communicative past.

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