Tradition and the Rhetoric of Right: Popular Political Argument in the Aurobindo Movement (Google eBook)

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 339 pages
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This book examines and establishes the importance of one aspect of popular political arguments - rhetorical features that draw upon tradition as taken-for-granted values, judgments, and calculations. It illustrates how popular political arguments draw upon this "rhetoric of right," unique to each political community, to establish the "correctness" or "rightness" of a policy proposal. It then uses that illustration to argue first that tradition in political arguments is not only present, but important; second, that tradition operates through time in a contextual rather than evolutionary manner, and third, that political theorists must take seriously the presence of tradition in political arguments in both its substance and its formal aspects.
The book is based upon a study of political arguments in the Indian religious/political movement that grew up around the Indian mystic Aurobindo Ghose and his collaborator Mirra Richard.
  

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Contents

Tradition Rhetoric and the Aurobindo Movement
13
The Rhetoric of Right as Interpretation Tradition and Symbolic Capital
24
Texts in Context
44
Cosmology Mysticism The Evolution of Consciousness and Freedom
103
The Description and Authority of Founders and Heroes Aurobindo and the Mother as Mosaic Mediators
150
History The Path to the Promised Land
195
Conflict in the Promised Land The Great Auroville Revolution in the Rhetoric of Right
236
Summary and Applications
289
Bibliography
309
Notes
317
Index
338
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