By Barbara A. Biesecker
Addressing Postmodernity examines the connection among rhetoric and social swap and the methods people remodel social kinfolk throughout the practical use of symbols. via a detailed interpreting of Kenneth Burke's significant works, A Grammar of factors, A Rhetoric of reasons, and The Rhetoric of faith: reports in Logology, Barbara Biesecker addresses the serious subject of the fragmentation of the modern lifeworld. In revealing the total diversity of Burke's contribution to the opportunity of social switch, Biesecker presents an unique interpretation of Burke's most vital principles. Addressing Postmodernity may have an immense effect on Burkeian scholarship and at the rhetorical critique of social kin in general.
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Or has the upper hand. To deconstruct the opposition, first of all, is to overturn the hierarchy at a given moment. To overlook this phase of overturning is to forget the conflictual and subordinating structure of opposition. Therefore one might proceed too quickly to a neutralization that in practice would leave the previous field untouched, leaving one no hold on the previous opposition, thereby preventing any means of intervening in the field effectively. We know what always have been the practical (particularly political) effects of immediately jumping beyond oppositions, and of protests in the simple form of neither this nor that.
Undetermined by anything external to the agent" (65). For Burke, the word "action" carries within it "connotations of consciousness or purpose" (14) and marks "a 'doing' rather than being 'done to' " (15). Action, Burke tells us, is "a causa sui" (66): as "an ingredient of every human act," it marks "some measure of motivation that cannot be explained simply in terms of the past, being to an extent, however tiny, a new thing" (65). 1 As I noted above, it is generally believed that this distinction between action and motion, between things that move and persons who act, structurally and axiologically determines Burke's approach to human motivation.
For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. For the featuring of scene, the corresponding philosophic terminology is materialism. For the featuring of agent, the corresponding terminology is idealism. For the featuring of agency, the corresponding terminology is pragmatism. For the featuring of purpose, the corresponding terminology is mysticism. For the featuring of act, the corresponding terminology is realism. (128) "[S]urveying the entire field at a glance" (128), a plethora of differing philosophical discourses are read as the repetition, substitution, transformation, and permutation of a generating principle.