NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED154444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Rhetorical Concealment.
Consigny, Scott
Rhetorical theorists since Socrates have advocated a rhetoric that reveals truth and avoids concealment. This tradition rests, however on the questionable epistemological assumptions that data exist prior to the linguistic formualtion of them and that such data can be articulated in objectively verifiable discourse. In opposition to this point of view, it can be argued that data are brought into existence by particular linguistic discourses and in turn support the discourses. Each particular discourse, in selecting certain data, must necessarily ignore and suppress others; no discourse avoids concealment althogether. Moreover, those discourses that appear to be impartial and objective are actually most deceptive, because they seduce the audience into believing that they portray an independent "truth." Therefore, rhetorical theory requires new strategies to unmask what such discourses conceal. (Author/MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Theory of Rhetoric Conference (Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 5-6, 1978)