Being Made Strange: Rhetoric Beyond Representation by Bradford Vivian

By Bradford Vivian

Via elaborating upon pivotal twentieth-century reports in language, illustration, and subjectivity, Being Made unusual reorients the learn of rhetoric in keeping with the discursive formation of subjectivity. the writer develops thought of the way rhetorical practices determine social, political, and moral family among self and different, person and collectivity, sturdy and evil, and prior and current. He produces a singular technique that analyzes not just what someone says, but additionally the social, political, and moral stipulations that allow her or him to take action. This e-book additionally bargains invaluable moral and political insights for the examine of subjectivity in philosophy, cultural stories, and demanding idea.

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In this regard, one may describe the majority of Western philosophy as metaphysical in that it has been concerned with deliberation over the existence (or denial) of ideal truths about the nature of truth, justice, virtue, or beauty that, in their transcendence of the physical world, are not immediately apparent to the senses. E. was shaped by widespread debate over the relationship between the traditional, divine, and immutable laws of nature (physis) and the increasingly valued contingent laws of human convention and civic institutions (nomos) (Guthrie [1971] 1998, chapter 4).

This “description” is advantageous because it avoids impressing successive historical and discursive developments with an artificial continuity (a temporal identity) that determines their individual significance without regard to the contingencies of different cultural and intellectual contexts. Accordingly, Foucault studies the development of successive forms of knowledge and speech “not from the point of view of the individuals who are speaking, nor from the point of view of the formal structures of what they are saying, but from the point of view of the rules that come into play in the very existence of such discourse” (xiv).

The fundamental structure of the Christian order, with its separate human and heavenly spheres, is analogously metaphysical in nature. Thus, both the Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian traditions so constitutive of the Western heritage exhibit patently metaphysical values and ideals. In this section, I discuss an indispensable aspect of metaphysical thought: its supposed beginning and end. The metaphysical search for knowledge in the form of truth is equivalent to a search for origins, meaning the ideal forms of truth, justice, virtue, or beauty upon which all sensible phenomena are modeled.

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