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By Kenneth Burke

Approximately this publication Mr. Burke contributes an introductory and summarizing comment, "What is concerned, once we say what individuals are doing and why they're doing it? a solution to that question is the topic of this publication. The publication is worried with the fundamental kinds of wherein, in keeping with the character of the realm as all males unavoidably event it, are exemplified within the attributing of causes. those varieties of although should be embodied profoundly or trivially, in truth or falsely. they're both found in systematically elaborated or metaphysical constructions, in felony judgments, in poetry and fiction, in political and medical works, in information and in bits of gossip provided at random."

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The design on a piece o£ primitive pottery may be wholly symbolic or allegorical. But a drawing that accurately reproduces this design in a scientific treatise would be not symbolic or allegorical, but real. istic. as the statement, "This is Mr. Smith," made when introducing Mr. Smith in the accepted manner. SCOPE AND R E D U C T I O N T h e Representative Anecdote 'M&seek for vocabularies that will be faithful reflections o£ reality. T~this end, they must develop vocabularies that are selections o£ reality.

And having thus been put in, it is there for the philosopher to take out, when deriving the principles of specifically human action by deduction from the nature of the universal ground. A naturalistic grounding of humanism, on the other hand, is "compensatory," in that personal agents are placed in a non-personal scene. " T h e Centrality of Substance Contemporary scientific theory, in proposing to abandon the categories of substance and causality, has done speculation a good turn. For it has made clear wherein the difference between philosophic and scientific terminologies o£ motivation resides.

False" magic is a quasi-scientific ideal that would suspend the laws o£ motion, as in the attempt to coerce natural forces by purely ritualistic means. "True" magic is an aspect not of motion but of action. -, 2 the motives properly assignable to scene, agent, agency, and purpose are already given, there could be novelty only if we could also assign motives under the heading of act itself. That is, there would be something new intrinsic to the act; and this novelty would be the modicum of motivation assignable under the heading o£ act rather than under the heading of the other four terms, singly or in,combination.

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