By Barbara A. Biesecker
Addressing Postmodernity examines the connection among rhetoric and social switch and the methods humans rework social family during the functional use of symbols. via a detailed interpreting of Kenneth Burke's significant works, A Grammar of factors, A Rhetoric of causes, and The Rhetoric of faith: reviews in Logology, Barbara Biesecker addresses the serious subject of the fragmentation of the modern lifeworld. In revealing the complete variety of Burke's contribution to the opportunity of social swap, Biesecker presents an unique interpretation of Burke's most important principles. Addressing Postmodernity could have a massive effect on Burkeian scholarship and at the rhetorical critique of social kinfolk in general.
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On the paradox of substance he writes: [T]he word "substance," used to designate what a thing is, derives from a word designating something that a thing is not. That is, though used to designate something within the thing, intrinsic to it, the word etymologically refers to something outside the thing, extrinsic to it. Or otherwise put: the word in its etymological origins would refer to an attribute of the thing's context, since that which supports or underlies a thing would be a part of the thing's context.
All [human acts] embody a grammatical form in accordance with which we should not expect a dualism of motives to be automatically dissolved" (38). Having conceived Reading Ontology / 29 You are reading copyrighted material published by the University of Alabama Press. S. Copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. human actions as events produced out of the action/motion differential that resides within the human being, Burke follows the trajectory of his own thought and asserts that the dualism necessarily sustains itself in the materiality of the act.
Finally, I have a brief schematization of my own. As I have already mentioned, I will take A Grammar of Motives as the point of departure for my study. " (xvii). By beginning with this question and then systematically offering a response to it, Burke provided the grounds for critics to assess the Grammar as a book exclusively concerned with the practical art of reading texts. Indeed critics are quite correct when they note that the book does not only declare itself as such but also conforms in its overall structure to a conventional theory-application agenda: part one details the protocols of dramatistic analysis (the pentadh part two applies the set of procedures to seven schools of philosophy; and part three applies the set of procedures to "constitutional" discourses.
Addressing Postmodernity: Kenneth Burke, Rhetoric, and a Theory of Social Change (Studies in Rhetoric and Communication) by Barbara A. Biesecker