ERIC Number: ED170790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Burkian Ratios and Clement Haynesworth: A Proposed Method and Application.
Vibbert, Steven L.
Kenneth Burke's 20 ratios permit the rhetorical critic to make very specific statements about the discourse under analysis and open the way for analytic speculation. The ratio method permits the critic to describe and understand the specific qualities of practical ethical dispute. Burkian ratios were employed to analyze the justificatory rhetoric of Clement F. Haynesworth during the Judiciary Committee Hearings on his Supreme Court nomination. An examination of Judge Haynesworth's testimony before the committee revealed 132 instances of ethical justification, which were coded according to the featured motives and ratio opposites that Burke has delineated. The findings indicate that Haynesworth relied heavily upon scene-act and scene-agent ratios, portraying himself as the victim of a scene he could not control. This justificatory strategy was both rhetorically and culturally deficient because it violated the cultural expectations of "judgeness." (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Burke (Kenneth); Haynesworth (Clement F)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (64th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2-5, 1978)