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ERIC Number: ED125032
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 31
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A Positivistic and Behavioristic Philosophy of Rhetoric Based upon Symbolic Transformation.
Timmis, John H., III
Symbolic interaction is the foundation for a theory of rhetoric developed in this paper. As manipulators of symbols, humans, unlike all other animals, use abstractions both to indicate (describe things present) and to represent (describe intangible things). Only human beings are capable of the elaborate systems of linguistic reference called symbolic responses. The section headed "An Operational Definition of Meaning" outlines a working theory of signs and a sign model, including a system of evaluation of stimulus importance. "The Mechanisms of Selective Response" describes the emergence of socially imposed responses, which are organized into selector systems, and explains the apperceptive frame of reference and its effects. "The Purpose of Communication" and "A Communication Model" posit the dynamics of the interaction process. Finally, the positivistic and behavioristic components of interpersonal, group, and intercultural communication are described: communicative behavior can be understood best in terms of past and present interaction with an environment. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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