Tag Archive | Dualism

Adversaries and Authorities

Purely uncritical moment: This was an amazing book. I appreciate how Lloyd enacts his comparison between Chinese and Greek science by addressing what are surface or “apparent” differences and then complicating that with details that may go against the common assumptions. It reminded me of the argument by Hall and Ames in Anticipating China, as […]

Molecules, Neorons, and Paradox: The Applicaiton of Daoist Rhetoric to Everyday Life

I appreciate the effort by Steven Combs to apply the ideas of Daoism to rhetoric, offering a very readable, easy to follow overview and application for examining texts through this lens. While there are surely things that I could critique, I prefer to focus on some aspects of this text that I found particularly useful […]

The Rhetoric of Way-Making

Thinking about the rhetoric of the Dao as well as the idea of discursive fields or constellations of meaning, I found myself pulling out words that clustered around concepts, inter-linked and interdependent. This (somewhat) pictorially represents my thinking about those terms as central and peripheral terms in relationship to the meanings of the text. So […]

Problematics and Representation

“Rituals of speaking are politically constituted by power relations of domination, exploitation, and subordination. Who is speaking, who is spoken of, and who listens is a result, as well as an act, of political struggle (Alcoff 15). “A form of first problematic thinking, while recessive in the West, dominates classical Chinese culture. Likewise, the cultural […]

Border Crossing

Mary Louise Pratt, Gloria Anzaldua, and Linda Martin Alcoff discuss various implications of examining, including, and taking into account various non-Western rhetorics and language practices. In these cases, the practices considered arise from cultures colonized as part of the American invasion and expansion, forming border areas between these cultures where hybridity and linguistic/ideological cross-pollination occurs. […]

Politics, Burke, and Identification

With the 2012 election only days away, I found myself again interested in the Burke’s idea of identification and how that might be used as an explanatory lens through which to view the strength of party alliance that is often demonstrated during election time, which seems to hold (in many cases) despite counter-evidence, completing views, […]

Peter Ramus: Iste Primus Inimicus Mei

I have nothing good to say about Peter Ramus – it is all I can do to keep from scribbling invectives in the margins of my book every time I read his work. Though “in the Renaissance distinctions between oratory and poetry, speech and writing, talk and texts, persuasion and representation were rarely rigid” (Abbot […]