By Barbara A. Biesecker
Addressing Postmodernity examines the connection among rhetoric and social swap and the methods people remodel social family during the useful use of symbols. via an in depth analyzing of Kenneth Burke's significant works, A Grammar of reasons, A Rhetoric of causes, and The Rhetoric of faith: stories in Logology, Barbara Biesecker addresses the serious subject of the fragmentation of the modern lifeworld. In revealing the complete diversity 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 an enormous impression on Burkeian scholarship and at the rhetorical critique of social relatives in general.
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And a thing's context, being outside or beyond the thing, would be something that the thing is not. (23) Despite the fact that, properly speaking, the motive is not the act and the act is not the motive, one can gain access to motive by way of a systematic analysis of the act for which motive has served as the context or generating ground. For the expressed purpose of reading the Grammar as an investigation of the ontological foundation of motive per se, I have narrowly defined the motion differential as a constituent element of a motivational structure located within the human being proper.
Chapter four will make the claim that The Rhetoric of Religion: Studies in Logology is a text that supplements both A Grammar of Motives and A Rhetoric of Motives. I will argue that this boolz that stands in the place of the Symbolic once again reopens the question of motive not only to specify the condition of possibility for individual and collective action, but also to specify differently the precise nature of their relation. To claim that The Rhetoric of Religion supplements the Grammar and the Rhetoric is not to say that The Rhetoric of Religion is only an addition, complement, or appendage to its antecedents; it is also at the same time compensatory.
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Addressing Postmodernity: Kenneth Burke, Rhetoric, and a Theory of Social Change (Studies in Rhetoric and Communication) by Barbara A. Biesecker