Tag Archive | Post-Structuralism

Mencius on the Mind: Experiments in Multiple Definition

This text prompts three directions of inquiry – first as a comparative study of Mencius’s conception of mind or psychology; second as an examination of either the perspective of Richards, his rhetorical methods for articulating the ideas in this work, or both; and third as a proposition for a comparative methodology. For Mencius, human psychology […]

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 […]

Many Things Are Holographic….

The ten thousand things – nothing exists from its own side – all is interdependent and perpetually fluctuating – impermanence is the only permanent state – there is no transcendent subject or object – there is no ultimate distinction between subject/object and yet all and every are distinct – and all are one whole that […]

The Value of the Vague

The point is simply that the usefulness, appropriateness, and fit of these terms should always be in question and should never be assumed, and that their application must always bear a burden of proof when applied outside their original cultural contexts” (Garrett 54). Garrett’s chapter about the issues of applying various Westernized definitions to “rhetoric” […]

The (Im)Possibilities of the Infinite

“It is useless to add that life forbids me that hope and even that adverb.” (Borges “Avatars of the Tortoise”) The paradoxes introduced in this piece by Borges elucidate the difficulties of wrestling with infinitudes, regardless of magnitude, faced – clearly, throughout time – but even more so within postmodern thought. Borges seems to enjoy […]

Dead But Still Functioning

Despite confusion around the ideas of the “dead author” or the displacement of the author with the “author function,” neither Barthes or Foucault deny that actual people sit down to write things which are later potentially distributed and contribute to the construction of discourse. Rather, in both Foucault and Barthes there is the idea that […]

Archeological Field Notes from Foucault

I find Foucault to be one of the most useful theoreticians of totalizing systems of power (as I like to call them) and have found his models invaluable for understanding large-scale power structures, epistemologies, and the relationship between discourse/rhetoric and reality-structuring principles. Though I read Archeology of Knowledge after reading several of Foucault’s other works […]