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Reframing Rhetoric This page intentionally left blank Reframing Rhetoric A Liberal Politics without Dogma George E. Yoos REFRAMINGRHETORIC: A LIBERALPOLITICSWITHOUTDOGMA Copyright ©George E. Yoos, 2007. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. First published in 2007 by PALGRAVE MACMILLAN™ 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010 and Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England RG21 6XS. Companies and representatives throughout the world. PALGRAVE MACMILLAN is the global academic imprint of the Palgrave Macmillan division of St. Martin’s Press, LLC and of Palgrave Macmillan Ltd. Macmillan®is a registered trademark in the United States, United Kingdom and other countries. Palgrave is a registered trademark in the European Union and other countries. ISBN 978-1-4039-8402-9 ISBN 978-0-230-60751-4 (eBook) DOI 10.1057/9780230607514 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Yoos, George E. Reframing rhetoric : a liberal politics without dogma / George E. Yoos. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-4039-8402-9 1. Liberalism. 2. Rhetoric—Political aspects. I. Title. JC574.Y66 2007 320.51’3—dc22 2007003053 A catalogue record of the book is available from the British Library. Design by Scribe Inc. First edition: August 2007 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 To my wife Mary, sons, and daughter, Fredrick, Stephen, John, and Jennifer This page intentionally left blank A humorist once popular in the country stated my favorite “principle” in educa- tion: “It ain’t ignorance that does the most damage, it’s knowing so derned much that ain’t so.” —Frank H. Knight Faith is a way of knowing things that you know damned well are not true. —Anonymous Wenn sich die Sprachspiele ändern, ändern sich die Begriffe, und mit den Begriffen die Bedeutungen der Wörter. When language-games change, then there is a change in concepts, and with the concepts the meaning of the words change. —Ludwig Wittgenstein This page intentionally left blank Contents List of Figures xi Preface xiii Part I Politics 1 1 Reification and Empty Abstraction 3 2 The Apparent Demise of Liberalism 9 3 Liberalism as “Good Politics” 19 4 Direct Elective and Sub RosaPolitics 29 5 Wells of Ignorance 37 6 Framing Issues in Politics: Separation of Church and State 47 7 Rights and Responsibilities 55 Part II Liberalism 63 8 Methodological Liberalism and Its Limits 65 9 Liberalism and Practical Reason 69 10 Application of a Liberal Frame to Family and Children Issues 85 Part III Conservatism 95 11 Political Argument and Conservatism 97 12 Prudential Conservatism 109

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