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By Kenneth Burke

ISBN-10: 0520015444

ISBN-13: 9780520015449

Approximately this e-book Mr. Burke contributes an introductory and summarizing comment, "What is concerned, after we say what individuals are doing and why they're doing it? a solution to that query is the topic of this e-book. The publication is anxious with the elemental kinds of by which, according to the character of the area as all males inevitably adventure it, are exemplified within the attributing of explanations. those different types of although will be embodied profoundly or trivially, in truth or falsely. they're both found in systematically elaborated or metaphysical buildings, in criminal judgments, in poetry and fiction, in political and clinical works, in information and in bits of gossip provided at random."

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Here, subtly, the ambiguous resources in the point o£ departure were being utilized. As regards the principles o£ humanism, we may note that a supernatural grounding o£ humanism is "consistent" in the sense that a personal principle is ascribed to the ultimate ground o£ human action. And having thus been put in, it is there for the philosopher to take out, when deriving the principles of specifically human action by deduction from the nature of the universal ground. A naturalistic grounding of humanism, on the other hand, is "compensatory," in that personal agents are placed in a non-personal scene.

But the use of chemical means to stimulate this internal motive would involve the transformation o£ this "intrinsic" motive into an "extrinsic" motive, since it would become but the channel or vessel through which the chemical materials ("scenic," administered "from without") would affect the chemistry ~f [he body. Indeed, since the body is but chemistry, and al1 outside 'he body is but chemistr~,the very mode of thought that forms a conCCpt of the "intrinsic" in these terms must also by the same terms dissolve it.

Stantially" free, by reason of qualities which he had inherited "substantially" from his creator. Even in cases where the nature of the case does not justify the usage grammatically, it can be used without strain for rhetorical purposes. What handier linguistic resource could a rhetorician want than an ambiguity whereby he can say "The state of affairs is substantially such-and-such," instead of having to say "The state of affairs is and/or is not such-and-such"? There is a similar usage in the expression, "in principle'' (a word furthermore that is literally a "first," as we realize when we recall its etymological descent from a word meaning: beginning, commencement, origin).

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