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By Barbara A. Biesecker

ISBN-10: 0817308741

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Addressing Postmodernity examines the connection among rhetoric and social switch and the methods humans remodel social kin during the functional use of symbols. via an in depth interpreting of Kenneth Burke's significant works, A Grammar of causes, A Rhetoric of reasons, and The Rhetoric of faith: reports in Logology, Barbara Biesecker addresses the severe subject of the fragmentation of the modern lifeworld. In revealing the total variety of Burke's contribution to the potential of social swap, Biesecker presents an unique interpretation of Burke's most important principles. Addressing Postmodernity could have an important impression on Burkeian scholarship and at the rhetorical critique of social kin in general.

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Copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. scribed: one that seeks to offer a means for explaining those processes by which human beings make sense out of their world (method, epistemology) and another that seeks to decipher the nature of the human being that, among other things, produces explanations (ontology). In fact, I will claim that it is by deciphering the Grammar as a text moving in these two directions at once that the double function of the pentad is made visible.

This is decidedly not the case. I am merely trying at this point to foreground and underscore those moments in the text that have been passed over by other critics. " Indeed, on several occasions in part one he warns against doing so. ' We confront this paradox when deriving the nature of the human person from God as 'super-person,' as 'pure,' or 'absolute' person, since God as a super-person would be impersonal-and the impersonal would be synonymous with the negation of personality. Hence, Pure Personality would be the same as No Personality" (35).

For we found in the course of writing that our project needed a grounding in formal considerations logically prior to both the rhetorical and the psychological. And as we proceeded with this introductory groundwork, it kept extending its claims until it had spun itself from an intended few hundred words into nearly 200,000, of which the present book is revision and abridgement. (xix-xx) Given that U[e]ven before we know what act is to be discussed, we can say with confidence that a rounded discussion of its motives must contain a reference to some kind of background" (xix), it is imperative that Burke redefine scene as a grammatical category.

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