Topoi: Revista de História
Print version ISSN 1518-3319
CARVALHO, José Murilo de. Intellectual history in Brazil: rhetoric as a key to reading.Translated byThaddeus Gregory Blanchette. Topoi [online]. 2006, vol.1Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1518-3319.
The paper suggests the use of concepts and practices related to rhetoric as analytical instruments of use in the study of the intellectual history of Brazil. Intellectual history is taken here in its strict sense of history of discursive forms of thought. The paper starts with a brief evaluation of the state of the art of intellectual history in Brazil and continues with a discussion of the rhetorical tradition the country inherited from Portugal. Finally, ways of using this tradition to interpret Brazilian texts, especially those from the XIX century are suggested.