Semantic and Poetic: NOT Opposites!

Poetic meaning and semantic meanings would not be absolute antitheses. Poetic meaning would not be the opposite of semantic meaning. It would be different from, or other than, or more than, or even, if you want, less than, but not antithetical to. (Philosophy of Literary Form 143)

Symbolic is not the act

The "symbolism" of the word consists in the fact that no one quite uses the word in its mere dictionary sense. And the overtones of the usage are revealed "by the company it keeps" in the utterances of a given speaker or writer."

(TPOLF 35)

Insiders, Outsiders, Critique, Performance, Non/Contradiction

Hi all, I found the critique of outsider insiders I mentioned in class:

“Note the disastrous predicament with which [Nietzsche] was concerned. He was questioning, down to the very last value, every pious linkage which man had derived from his cultural past. This nihilistic concern was his altar: accordingly he tried to surround it with all the symbolic devices appropriate to altars.” —Permanence and Change 46

On Efficiency

“So far as I can make out, a computer has no more 'sense of principles' than does a stone rolling down a hill. Its imitation of the 'rational' is an 'efficient' reduction of human 'reasonableness' to the edge of absurdity. It can't distinguish one Ism from another. It could distinguish between a Marxist and a non-Marxist only if one could say 'shibboleth' and the other had to say 'sibboleth'—or by some other such distinction purely in the realm of motion (as those two sounds are).

Perspective by Incongruity

By itself, any terministic screen will be a reduction to some degree, filtering some aspects of reality from view while revealing others. Given that paradox, Burke proposes that we systematically disrupt the stability and unity of terministic screens using a variety of methods. (David Blakesley, The Elements of Dramatism, pg. 100)

Wartime Theatrics

The war may be considered as a scene motivating our acts--but this exhibit causes us to remember that the war may also be considered as an act placed in a more inclusive motivational scene and being enacted by agents with whom, likewise, motives originate.

(409)

Wartime Theatrics

The war may be considered as a scene motivating our acts--but this exhibit causes us to remember that the war may also be considered as an act placed in a more inclusive motivational scene and being enacted by agents with whom, likewise, motives originate.

(409)

Interchangability of Capitalism and Democracy

“A pause for correction here: or rather a pause to forestall a possible misunderstanding. To confront an issue in democratic terms is not merely to consider it in universalistic terms. It is at the same time, to think of it in narrower terms: terms of private gain, of family, of locality or region, of occupational class, of nation” (Americanism 2).

Magic and Rationalization

In the magical rationalization, the verbal and mimetic devices whereby men induce one another to respond in sympathy were transferred to the field of inanimate operations – and in keeping with the logic of this attitude, the operations themselves were taken to be animatedly motivated (just as we tend to reverse the process and apply the inanimate metaphor in our attempt to coerce biologic operations). (Burke 216)

Writing our Reality

The writer's situation is not merely his or her set of personal experiences or historical context, though those elements do help define it. The writer's situation, more accurately, is what today may be called subjectivity. In this case, the writer's or the subject's situation is the transformed personal and public experiences that in turn serve as ingredients useful in interpreting other experience, in solving (or even avoiding) problems, and in communicating with each other.

(Elements of Dramatism, p.51)

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