CA 374 Feb 15 - CA 374 2/15 Contemporary Rhetoric II...

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CA 374 2/15 Contemporary Rhetoric II Perelman & Habermans - Argument Kenneth Burke & Lloyd Bitzer - Situation Rhetoricians - Rhetorical Criticism Kenneth Burke: 1897 – 1993 - Dramatism o Symbolic Action – human action is basically symbolic action o Human action is free and purposeful o Humans act, objects move o We use symbols to act and inspire with symbols o Whenever there is meaning there is persuasion o Method of studying implications of symbolic action o Man is distinguished by his ability to act o A mode of action rather than just conveying information - Rhetoric is “the use of language as a symbolic means of inducting cooperation in beings that by nature respond to symbols.” - Language & Naming - o We use symbols to create reality o There is no objective reality o Rhetoric couldn’t exist without the use of symbols o Even though all of us are in lecture together and are sharing an experience everyone has their own unique, specific opinion Geertz: Religion & Symbols - A religions system is composed of a “cluster of sacred symbols woven into some sort of ordered whole” o Similarities 1) We need symbols to communicate 2) Symbols provide us with a way to deal with the chaos of the world 3) Symbols help us make sense of our experiences o Differences Geertz is concerned with religious symbols and religion
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2011 for the course COM ARTS 374 taught by Professor Melissa during the Spring '11 term at Wisconsin.

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CA 374 Feb 15 - CA 374 2/15 Contemporary Rhetoric II...

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