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Doomsday Speculation as a Strategy of Persuasion: A Study of Apocalypticism as Rhetoric Frank L. Borchardt

Doomsday Speculation as a Strategy of Persuasion: A Study of Apocalypticism as Rhetoric

Frank L. Borchardt

Published December 1st 1990
ISBN : 9780889465060
Hardcover
250 pages
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A study examining Doomsday predictions as a rhetorical ploy, this text argues that assertions regarding the imminent End of the (or a) World represent a means of coercion to get others (or the world) to do something or stop doing something. TheMoreA study examining Doomsday predictions as a rhetorical ploy, this text argues that assertions regarding the imminent End of the (or a) World represent a means of coercion to get others (or the world) to do something or stop doing something. The work focuses on the rhetorical dimension of the doom-sayers predictions and the special logic of the doomsayer. The author observes how the seemingly outward-directed argument reverts to the self, concluding that predicting doom appears to be objective and to apply to the outside world, but is ultimately subjective, self-serving, and self-centered.