Life-Giving Gift of Acknowledgment: A Philosophical and Rhetorical Inquiry (Paperback)

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Life-Giving Gift of Acknowledgment
Paperback
Purdue University Press
10/20/2005
354pp
English
6.00" x 9.00"
1557534020
9781557534026
Available

Book Description

Michael Hyde's Life-Giving Gift of Acknowledgment is a brilliant and courageous work. It is brilliant in taking up an essential gesture of humanity-acknowledgment-and elaborating it by recourse to films, novels, poetry, philosophy, religion, science, and social controversy. In spite of this breathtaking reach, Hyde never loses sight of his purpose, to understand and affirm the moral-ontological-rhetorical gift of acknowledging another. The book is courageous because it dares place rhetoric and science into productive conversation and remains open to both. It is courageous because it takes up such emotionally difficult issues as the symbolism of the Confederate flag, what it meant to be heroic after September 11, 2001, and the ethical character of life in a world of computer technology. Hyde has done here what he does best-offer a philosophical-rhetorical investigation of a principle even as he enacts the moral dimension of the principle in telling his story. This is a profound, revealing, and indeed inspirational, work.

About the Author(s):

Michael J. Hyde is the University Distinguished Professor of Communication Ethics at Wake Forest University. His many scholarly publications include The Call of Conscience: Heidegger and Levinas, Rhetoric and the Euthanasia Debate, which received the National Communication Association’s Diamond Anniversary Book Award and the Marie Hochmuch Nichols Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Public Address. Hyde is a fellow of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the executive producer of the documentary film The Life- Giving Gift of Acknowledgment.