Title page for ETD etd-09052008-114605


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Gershberg, Zachary
Author's Email Address zgersh1@lsu.edu, zgersh@hotmail.com
URN etd-09052008-114605
Title A Rhetoric of Existentialism
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Communication Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Andrew King Committee Chair
Eileen Meehan Committee Member
Nathan Crick Committee Member
Ruth Bowman Committee Member
Stephanie Grey Committee Member
Susan Dumais Dean's Representative
Keywords
  • meaning
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Soren Kierkegaard
  • agency
Date of Defense 2008-07-29
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Existentialism is often viewed as a morbid philosophy but adapting it to a rhetorical framework reveals a consistent interest in the ontological function of communication. The exchange of discourse and symbols is what ties humans together and existentialism examines the meaning that abounds in life as opposed to attempting to discover the meaning of life. As a rhetorical construct, existentialism provides a critical and unique view of agency and edification as a method of rhetorical practice.
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