Public Address and Moral Judgment

Public Address and Moral Judgment

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Public Address and Moral Judgment offers a critical look at the ways in which public address can enact moral codes, articulate moral judgments, and manifest ethical tensions. Each chapter carefully examines specific examples of public address for their moral dimensions, exploring how public address functions to articulate and express the ethical tensions of its time and context. The contributors highlight important and often different ways that public address works to expose problematics in ethical tensions a€” problematics of language and imagery, metaphor and character, genre and definition. The authors are also mindful of the tenuous relationship that exists between rhetoric and morality, between situated public address and a society's ethical foundations. The essays in Public Address and Moral Judgment, on topics ranging from WWII propaganda to the civil rights rhetoric of President George H. W. Bush to the photographs from the Abu Ghraib prison, consider the powerful role of public discourse in the constitution of a moral code for the American people.... are portrayed as being relatively passive in such phrasings; they are subject to aquot;intimidation, aquot; for example, and their diversity can be aquot;crushed. ... The American people must resist such agitation, the president urges: But, you see, such bullying is outrageous. ... must not turn to lawyers or activists, but instead aquot;use our persuasive powersaquot; and presumably talk other citizens out of their prejudices and fears.

Title:Public Address and Moral Judgment
Author:Shawn J. Parry-Giles, Trevor Parry-Giles
Publisher: - 2009


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