Promoted to Professor
Thomas Rickert is a professor in the English Department at Purdue University. His areas of interest include: histories and theories of rhetoric, relations between rhetoric and philosophy, composition, cultural studies, music, and digital culture. His first book, Acts of Enjoyment: Rhetoric, Žižek, and the Return of the Subject (U of Pittsburgh P), was published in 2007. His second book, Ambient Rhetoric: The Attunements of Rhetorical Being (U of Pittsburgh P), was published in June 2013, and was recently awarded the 2014 CCCC's Outstanding Monograph of the Year. His most recent work is an essay on the presocratic philosopher Parmenides considered as a pre-rhetorical figure. He has begun a new book project that addresses the prehistory of rhetoric in light of recent work in moral psychology and neuroscience.