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The Rhetoric of Religion: Studies in Logology

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"But the point of Burke's work, and the significance of his achievement, is not that he points out that religion and language affect each other, for this has been said before, but that he proceeds to demonstrate how this is so by reference to a specific symbolic context. After a discussion 'On Words and The Word,' he analysess verbal action in St. Augustine's Confessions. ...more
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Published April 1st 1970 by University of California Press (first published March 2nd 1970)
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Lance
Jun 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Though I believe Burke would have benefited from reading Schopenhauer, rather than Hegel, both in style and in content, he takes an interesting approach to religion, particularly Western Christianity. He is attempting to "transcend" theology by showing how the principles of Christianity exist implicitly within linguistics. Unfortunately, his notions of theology are quite vapid, often misconstrued, and always constrained by a Western academic worldview. I highly recommend reading his constructed ...more
Zack
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Most of Burke's work is difficult, to say the least, but this one was especially so, with seemingly so much going on in each idea, concept, and chapter that keeping up was a serious challenge. Maybe this is because I don't understand Burke like I should (and this is probably at least some of the issue), but there is at least some fault to be laid at the feet of the author. There is probably a lot of valuable stuff to be found in his examples and ideas, and the concept of mortification is ...more
Joe Juarez
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kenneth Burke’s analysis of religion derived on the study of a dramatic process. He stated that through order – how life or society revolved around – could only be broken through disorder. Through disorder, people’s lives change, society might crumble, and they find blame for the cause by looking at the person responsible – i.e. a scapegoat – to help purify said disorder: “If guilt, then the need for redemption, which involves sacrifice, which in turn allows for substitution” (p. 314). To ...more
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Jun 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
this book took me a really long time before i could get into it and dare i say understand it, i am not sure if i actually do understand it but there are some really interesting discussions, if you are interested in theory or a dialogue that Burke creates between the devil and god.
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Kenneth Duva Burke was a major American literary theorist and philosopher. Burke's primary interests were in rhetoric and aesthetics.