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Postmodern Sophistry
Stanley Fish and the Critical Enterprise
Postmodern Sophistry
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Gary A. Olson - Editor
Stanley Fish - Afterword
Lynn Worsham - Editor
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 322 pages
Release Date: March 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6213-7
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6213-3

Price: $33.95 
Paperback - 322 pages
Release Date: January 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6214-5
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6214-0

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An intensive examination of the theoretical writings of cultural and literary critic Stanley Fish.

Fifteen prominent scholars from a range of academic disciplines—legal studies, critical legal studies, political science, Jewish studies, rhetoric, and literary studies—explore various aspects of cultural and literary critic Stanley Fish's work. They examine Fish's understanding of how interpretation functions, the various philosophical issues that Fish has addressed or failed to address in his work, and the political consequences of Fish's thought. Stanley Fish responds to the ideas put forth in this book in a detailed Afterword.

"This book discusses Fish's entire career as no other book has done before. Its inclusion of professors of law, political science, and philosophy as well as English has led to a fine overview to and critical analysis of a very influential thinker. The reader can look carefully at this author, at the connections between his varied pronouncements on politics, American culture, and academe, and at the strengths and weaknesses of his work." — Katherine H. Adams, Loyola University

"I look forward to holding this book in my hand, years from now when, if I continue to be lucky, an old man will sit up late at night looking back at a professional life and wondering what it was all about." — from the Afterword by Stanley Fish

Contributors include Michael Bernard-Donals, Michael Bérubé, Reed Way Dasenbrock, Terry Eagleton, Stanley Fish, Gerald Graff, Margaret Kohn, Steven Mailloux, Gary A. Olson, Michael Robertson, Martin Stone, H. Aram Veeser, Evan Watkins, Gary S. Wihl, and Lynn Worsham.

Gary A. Olson is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg. Lynn Worsham is Professor of English at the University of South Florida. Olson is the author of Justifying Belief: Stanley Fish and the Work of Rhetoric, and Olson and Worsham are the coeditors of Critical Intellectuals on Writing, both published by SUNY Press.

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Table of Contents



Part One: Interpretive Authorities

There is Nothing Inside the Text, or, Why No One's Heard of Wolfgang Iser
Michael Bérubé

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Stanley
Gerald Graff

Theory, Practice, and Ubiquitous Interpretation: The Basics
Martin Stone

Fish and Dworkin on the Work of Interpretation in a Democracy
Gary S. Wihl

Part Two: Philosophical Interventions

Deconstructed to Death? Fish on Freedom
Michael Robertson

The Trouble with (Arguing against) Principle: Stanley Fish's Incomplete Machiavellianism
Ree Way Dasenbrock

Rhetoric, Emotion, and the Justification of Belief
Gary A. Olson and Lynn Worsham

Contingent Universals and Rhetorical Pragmatism
Steven Mailloux

Part Three: Political Prospects

The Estate Agent: Stanley Fish and His Trouble with Principles
Terry Eagleton

Critical Theory and Political Action
Margaret Kohn

Extirpating for Fun and Profit
H. Aram Veeser

Professional Distinction
Evan Watkins

The Consequences of Holocaust Denial
Michael Bernard-Donals

Part Four: Afterword

One More Time
Stanley Fish



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