Rhetoric and Discourse
Edappel8 at cs.com
Wed Sep 3 20:20:19 EST 2003
And just for the record, Bob's post #6:
on 9/3/03 11:24 AM, Edappel8 at cs.com at Edappel8 at cs.com wrote:
> In Response to Bob:
> I found out who Herbert Simon is from a kb subscriber. He's a Nobel
> in economics from Carnegie-Mellon. I don't know of anything Burke did in
> way of commentary on Simon's work.
> A few more comments on Burke and ethics might be appropriate. You inquired,
> Bob, about the focus on ethics in either P&C or ATH. The ethical dimension
> human life and symbol-using is pervasive in Burke's writings throughout as
> underlying theme that wavers, back and forth, from the explicit to the
> implicit. For Burke, "moral aptitude" is what human being is about, what
> "drama" is
> about. Burke gets most explicit about it in his later phase, from his
> Princeton paper in 1951 (that became the appendix to the 1954 edition of
> his essays on the negative in QJS (1952-1953). The problem, as Burke sees
> is that human beings are crazy with morality, "rotten with perfection"
> 1966). Humans are so ethically "driven" by the motives inherent in language
> that they kill one another over them, literally or figuratively, again and
> again, or sublimate their moral aggressions in seemingly insatiable
> striving. How to moderate these impulses, channel them, or somehow learn to
> with them and observe their outworkings with ironic amusement (with large
> dollups of "Neo-Stoic resignation" [GM]) is at the base of Burke's project.
> "comedy," Burke style, as prescribed paradigm for life and action, a
> model that prompts us to "muddle through," not heroically glory in strenuous
> effort and martyrdom; chastise and correct without scapegoating; settle for
> imperfect revision, improvement, or mere restoration of the status quo,
> than implacably press toward "total salvation."
> Burke and ethics: The philosopher and the theme are inseparable.
Nicely put. Thanks for this, Ed.
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