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Rhétoriques particulaires et rhétoriques ondulatoires

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Today's rhetoric, unlike classical rhetoric, can be thought of as an "art of communicating" or the "art of human communication". It is a "rhetoric of communication" that studies communication from the viewpoint of rhetoric. If, when examining analogically some studies on communication, we consider the viewpoint of quantum mechanics, we are left with a very interesting angle for comparative rhetoric: a comparison between particle rhetoric and wave rhetoric. These rhetorics show strong similarities with what Foss/Foss call the five rhetorical modes: conquest rhetoric, conversion rhetoric, benevolent rhetoric, advisory rhetoric and invitational rhetoric. In order to face the various conflicts and confrontations of the world in which we are living today, it seems that we ought to use wave rhetoric, as benevolent rhetoric, advisory rhetoric, and particularly invitational rhetoric, rather than particle rhetoric, as conquest rhetoric and conversion rhetoric.

Keywords: human communication; quantum mechanics; particle rhetoric; wave rhetoric; rhetorical modes; benevolent rhetoric; advisory rhetoric; invitational rhetoric; conquest rhetoric



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