Communication and Rhetorical Studies
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Janie Marie Harden Fritz
Anthony M. Wachs
Phronesis, Philosophical Hermeneutics, Rhetoric, Philosophy of Communication, Praxis, Pastoral
The overarching telos of this dissertation is walking the humanities into the marketplace. Its specific purpose is seeking how to enact the praxis of rhetoric and philosophy of communication. In keeping with Calvin Schrag’s “communicative praxis” and Ronald Arnett’s “responsive, learning rhetoric,” this research considers phronesis and philosophical hermeneutics as pragmatic tools of rhetoric and philosophy of communication praxis. It seeks the implication of rhetoric and philosophy of communication praxis in the pastoral field visualized as a marketplace, since the marketplace is not merely a place of capitalism, but a real world where people engage their concrete human condition/existence in every historical moment. Attentive to postmodernity and the emphasis of Gaudium et Spes for the Church to always be mindful of the “signs of the times” in her pastoral work, this qualitative research attends to the questions: How is phronesis and philosophical hermeneutics related to rhetoric and philosophy of communication praxis? What might be the implication of rhetoric and philosophy of communication praxis in the pastoral field? This dissertation finds that to avoid reifying rhetoric and philosophy of communication as an abstract, theoretical activity indifferent to the marketplace, is to view it as phronesis/philosophical hermeneutics. The pastoral implication of rhetoric and philosophy of communication praxis enables the interpretation of the signs of the times in the light of the Gospel.
Keywords: Phronesis, Philosophical Hermeneutics, Rhetoric, Philosophy of Communication, Praxis, Pastoral
OKAFOR, N. (2023). Phronesis and Philosophical Hermeneutics in Rhetoric and Philosophy of Communication Praxis: A Pastoral Implication (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/2137