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HYDE, Michael J.

Spring 2005, pages 23 - 46

Acknowledgment, Conscience, Rhetoric, and Teaching: The Case of Tuesdays With Morrie

ABSTRACT: This essay offers a phenomenological assessment of the moral and rhetorical nature of acknowledgment. The dynamics of acknowledgment arise with the ontological structure of human existence, with our way of being spatial and temporal creatures whose existence, in an epideictic display, opens us to the future. From out of this openness comes a call of conscience, an evocation and a provocation that speaks to us of the importance of an essential vocation: teaching. Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie is offered as a case study of this entire process.

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