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ERIC Number: ED315803
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 14
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Kenneth Burke's "Missing" Ethic.
Tompkins, Phillip K.
In examining Kenneth Burke's maxim "ad bellum purificandum" (translated as "the purification of war"), it seems plausible to infer that Burke's entire system of thought was based on his outrage toward war and the misuse of symbols that makes war possible. Burke saw his criticisms of war not as mere passiveness but rather as symbolic action. Burke's writings also reflect warrantable outrage at the counter-nature created by technology. This suggests that Burke's failure to compile his views into a single form or "ethic" can be traced to his belief that Richard Weaver had already incorporated Burke's ideas into a work of his own. Although Burke left no ethic to which to appeal for answers, it is inconceivable that he would have his work read as an amoral call for ethical relativism. (SG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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