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ERIC Number: ED074539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Pages: 29
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Dimensions of a Substantive Rhetoric.
Irwin, William Louis
The author contends that man as a receiver of information is largely manipulated by the information sources. He proposes a system of substantive rhetoric, whereby we could perceive how past assumptive reasoning processes have allowed us to be manipulated and how these processes have originated outside rather than within ourselves. The author suggests the dimensions of the proposed substantive rhetoric be viewed through three factors: reality as fantasized by man; reality as perceived; and reality as it exists, or what the author terms reality infinity. He contends that man tends to view true reality through fantasy rather than through his true perception, and he hopes through his substantive rhetoric process that man can view reality infinity through perceptive reality. It is the purpose of the author's proposals to provide a system that will allow man to bring about a "self-Change." To accomplish this, he must be shown that (1) what he is doing in relation to receiving new external stimuli is right, and (2) the new information he receives as external stimuli is not threatening. (Author/RN)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Assn. (Honolulu, November 1972)