Veeder – The Loss of Zen

One perfectly clear note in Zen is once you have the idea you have lost the Zen Rex Veeder ("Re-Reading Marshall McLuhan: Hectic Zen, Rhetoric and Composition") I can't help but think of the Game when I read this quote.  Haha, I just made you lose.  (For those of you who don't know, the Game... Continue Reading →

Hawk – Entelechy and Identity

The Aristotelian concept of `entelechy, as an aim contained within the entity, is essentially a biological analogy. It is the title for the fact that the seed `implicitly contains' a future conforming to its nature, if the external conditions ditions necessary to such unfolding and fulfillment occur in the right order. Were you to think... Continue Reading →

Hawk – “Linguistic Herpes”

[George] Kennedy characterizes "Vitanzan Vitalism" as a type of "linguistic herpes" that comes and goes, "the historical tendency of rhetoric to slip from oral, civic, and rational discourse into written, poetic, composition with an emphasis on style" that privileges "expression over analysis" ("Some Reflections" 231)... That emotional fallacies such as associating someone with herpes come... Continue Reading →

Hawk – Obvious Terministic Screen

Rousseau also gave impetus to the subjective epistemologies of his century, favoring private, expressive, and intuitive models of discourse over formal, social or artificial ones... (emphasis added, Burton qtd. in Hawk) The terminist screen that is used in the quote above is surprisingly strong.  To say that Romanticism is intuitive while Vitalism is artificial is... Continue Reading →

Berthoff – Sarcasm?

Strong statements lead us to choose one or the other as in “There are those who divide people into two groups and those who do not.”  Berthoff states: “It is not because they are two-valued that dichotomies are dangerous; it is because the categories they establish can so easily be confused with reality”(16). Reading the... Continue Reading →

The Poet, the Program and the Method

Coleridge's ideal poet The poet, described in ideal perfection, brings the whole soul of man into activity, with the subordination of its faculties to each other according to their relative worth and dignity. He diffuses a tone and spirit of unity, that blends, and (as it were) fuses, each into each, by that synthetic and... Continue Reading →

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