ERIC Number: ED252898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Argumentation and the Unconscious.
Noting that--although explicit attention to the unconscious has been rare in argument theories--the notion is unavoidable in any full theory, this paper argues that the unconscious plays a central role in argumentation. After briefly discussing the characteristics of the unconscious, the first section of the paper presents an analysis of rhetorical invention, which is understood as both creation and judgment of arguments. This section also notes the unconscious processes of invention, including the translation of invention from a primarily imagic modality to a verbal modality. The second section of the paper then discusses the judgment, or editing, of the created ideas. This section examines research on the rules for conversation as an avenue of insight into the invention process, noting that while rules theorists often think in terms of consciously observing rules, some rules carry with them little or no notion of conscious choice. The final section of the paper explores the argument reception, pointing out that most of the work of comprehension and perception is done by the unconscious, using the same imagic and editing processes of invention. The paper concludes that the public text of an argument may be thought of as a bridge between the inarticulate awareness of the two people involved and that rhetoric clearly occupies an intermediary stage between the unconscious and the conscious. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Invention (Rhetorical); Rules Theory; Unconscious Processes
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (70th, Chicago, IL, November 1-4, 1984).