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Terry Pinkard's Hegel Translation

Submitted by Jim Aune on January 16, 2009 - 1:06am

Here's a link to Terry Pinkard's draft translation of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. It's a remarkable achievement, and I can hardly wait until the published version is out from Cambridge.


Special Issue of Philosophy & Rhetoric on Tom Farrell

Submitted by Jim Aune on January 14, 2009 - 5:42pm

Thanks to the heroic efforts of Erik Doxtader, the special issue on Tom Farrell's legacy is now available. Philosophy and Rhetoric Volume 41, Number 4, 2008, Special Issue: Inventing the Potential of Rhetorical Culture— The Work and Legacy of Thomas B. Farrell

For Today, There Will Be a Speech (and a Song) Tomorrow
Erik Doxtader

Rhetoric in History as Theory and Praxis: A Blast from the Past
Thomas B. Farrell

Farrell’s Moods
Maurice Charland

Rhetoric on the Bleachers, or, The Rhetorician as Melancholiac
Philippe-Joseph Salazar


Zizek v. Kirsch v. Zizek

Submitted by Jim Aune on January 8, 2009 - 12:37pm

The dialogue of, if not the deaf, the hard-of-hearing, continues. The only safe conclusion, methinks, is that Zizek is like the Bible, in its Christian and Jewish versions: you can proof-text any possible conclusion from it. I would be more persuaded by Zizek's response if he willingly severed all ties with Badiou, who is, in fact, a certifiable anti-semite, as Jean-Claude Milner, a prominent Lacanian, has pointed out.


Deep Thought

Submitted by Jim Aune on January 3, 2009 - 5:00pm

What subject position must one be in in order to use the term "subject position?"


PHD Exam Question, Rhetoric and Political Theory

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 31, 2008 - 1:34pm

In Thrones, Dominations by Dorothy Sayers (and completed by Jill Paton Walsh), Lord Peter Wimsey is quoted as saying, "The first thing a principle does is to kill people." Write an essay in which you do the following: 1. Discuss how this statement encapsulates the thesis of Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France and (perhaps) the peculiar genius of the English political and rhetorical tradition.
2. Reflect upon the implications of this statement as a foundationless foundation for doing rhetorical theory at the present time.


apologia, ethos, kairos

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 21, 2008 - 11:44am

The Pope praised Galileo today--I hadn't realized that it took until 1992 for the Vatican to issue an apology to the great scientist. The Southern Baptist Convention (the State Church of the South) apologized for slavery (with some opposition) at its 1995 convention. And I noticed the other week that Bob Jones University apologized for its earlier policy of forbidding interracial dating.


Paronomasia and Post-Structuralism

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 20, 2008 - 11:17am

I'm reading Helene Cixous' Portrait of Jacques Derrida as a Young Jewish Saint. I've also been working on my French reading skills for the past year or so. It hit me last night, as I was getting annoyed with Cixous' puns, that perhaps puns work differently in French than in English. Miriam, who is fluent in French, confirmed my hunch.


Kirsch Smacks Zizek

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 1, 2008 - 10:44am

A pretty darn persuasive case against Zizek.


Rhetoric and Color Symbolism 1

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 24, 2008 - 7:22pm

1. "Exacting intellects traditionally mistrust colored paint. 'The most beautiful colors,' Aristotle observed in his Poetics,'laid on at random, give less pleasure than a black-and-white drawing.' Kant dismissed color outright as an element of a painting's 'charm,' recognizing drawing alone as 'the proper object of the pure judgment of taste.' Color is meretricious, narcotic, manipulative, deceitful. The thinking viewer--if we are to believe the philosophers--is secretly dreaming of a white canvas." --Christopher S.


Borges, "Of Exactitude in Science"

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 21, 2008 - 9:26am

...In that Empire, the craft of Cartography attained such Perfection that the Map of a Single province covered the space of an entire City, and the Map of the Empire itself an entire Province. In the course of Time, these Extensive maps were found somehow wanting, and so the College of Cartographers evolved a Map of the Empire that was of the same Scale as the Empire and that coincided with it point for point.