Carl Rogers | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of Carl Rogers.
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SOURCE: Pounds, Wayne. “The Context of No Context: A Burkean Critique of Rogerian Argument.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 17, no. 1 (winter 1987): 45-59.

In the following essay, Pounds presents a critique of the Rogerian rhetoric of love using Kenneth Burke's rhetoric of killing.

But there is one aspect of the rhetorical tradition that so far as I can tell remains quite dead—its focus on public discourse. … a rhetoric is defined not just by its theory, but by the sorts of rhetorical problems it gives most emphasis to.1

—S. M. Halloran

My title refers to the problem of idealism in contemporary rhetoric, and by “idealism” I mean ideas abstracted from the social matrix, which is always conflictive. This lack of social-historical context is what George Trow, in his critique of the vacuous human image created by corporate advertising, calls “the context of no context.”2 Idealism of this sort reduces student and...

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