A Religious Conservative Side of Burke

JessEcoh@cs.com JessEcoh at cs.com
Tue Dec 19 10:59:52 EST 2000

In a message dated 12/19/00 9:35:16 AM Central Standard Time, 
lindsays at purdue.edu writes:

> Kenneth Burke did indeed have 
>  a religious conservative side--if we define a religious 
>  conservative as one who believes in the existence of 
>  God, heaven, and hell, and who studies a text to 
>  discover its original meaning.

wait a minute --

   now, burke certainly does have a "religious" side in the sense that his 
"definition of man" specifies us as fallen (violent) creatures in need of a 
redemption which we are perhaps incapable of reaching in and through 
ourselves.  however -- what's this about the "original meaning" of a text?? i 
don't see burke as being committed to "original meanings" (however that is 
defined -- is the "original meaning" you are talking about the meaning it had 
for the author? for the original audiences of the text?) -- wasn't someone 
just talking here, from a burkean perspective, about the "multiple 
enactments" that any text makes possible?
   or have i missed something big about burke? (or am i misunderstanding 
you?) seriously, enlighten me.


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