Kenneth Burke's A Grammar of Motives PDF

By Kenneth Burke

ISBN-10: 0520015444

ISBN-13: 9780520015449

Approximately this ebook Mr. Burke contributes an introductory and summarizing comment, "What is concerned, after we say what individuals are doing and why they're doing it? a solution to that question is the topic of this publication. The booklet is anxious with the fundamental sorts of in which, in keeping with the character of the area as all males inevitably adventure it, are exemplified within the attributing of causes. those different types of even though could be embodied profoundly or trivially, honestly or falsely. they're both found in systematically elaborated or metaphysical constructions, in felony judgments, in poetry and fiction, in political and clinical works, in information and in bits of gossip provided at random."

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Incentive of monetary profit, like the One God, can be felt to prevail as a global source o£ action, over and above any motivations peculiar to the locale. And it serves the needs of empire precisely because it "transcends" religious. motives, hence making for a "tolerant" commerce arnong men whose religious vocabularies of motivation differ widely. Nonetheless, the greater the diffusion of a motive (be it the One God or the Gold Standard and its later variants) the greater its need to adopt modifications peculiar to specific local scenes.

The future (dereinst) the lovers awaken together. Subsequently we shall consider at some length this question of he a' representative anecdote;' itself so dramatistic a conception that we might cal1 it the dramatistic approach to dramatism: an introduction to dramatism that is deduced from dramatism, and hence gains plausibility in proportion as dramatism itself is more fully developed. For the present it is enough to observe that the issue arises as soon as one considers the relation between representation and reduction in the choice and development o£ a motivational calculus.

But what precisely is our point? What are we trying to prove by an example that, we freely grant, cannot be adduced as the literal foundation of an argument? We are reasoning as follows: We are saying that, to study the nature of the term, act, one must select a prototype, or paradigm o£ action. " Examining this concept, we íind that it is "magic," for it produces something out of nothing. This enables us to equate magic with novelty-and leads us to look for a modicum of magic in every act to the extent that the act possesses a modicum of novelty.

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