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Style and Rhetoric in Bertrand Russels's Work

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Mary Louise Jackson-Schneider

A thorough examination of Bertrand Russell's language is the object of this study. Since this is the first major analysis of his writing style, examples taken from a wide spectrum of his writings are examined. Structurally the investigation begins by treating individual vocabulary and then moves on to larger structural units, covering such areas as figurative language and description. The final chapter deals with his rhetoric, discussing his methods of persuasion and the logic of his arguments. This careful analysis of his writings is significant in that it sheds new light on interesting aspects of Russell's character.
Contents: Language Composition - Figurative Language - Patterns of Description - Generalities and Clichés - Rhetoric.