2 Matching Annotations
  1. Mar 2017
    1. We are especially arbitrary in picking out the cause from among the whole group, or context, of conditions-of prior and subsequent events which hang together

      A pretty common theme in our readings is the arbitrariness of language, particularly the arbitrariness of naming objects. I like how Richards extends the arbitrariness of language in describing how we determine cause from effect. Especially considering how Richards and Ogden, as well as Burke, emphasize ambiguity and how parts of rhetoric are interconnected, I wonder if this is also a suggestion that to some extent any attempt to draw distinctions is arbitrary?

  2. Sep 2016