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  1. Feb 2019
    1. great many Vanities might be spar'd if we consullcd only our own convenicncy and not other peoples Eyes und Sentiments

      great line and still very relevant today

    1. hey have their union and combination only from the understanding which unites them under one name

      so basically language is very powerful in how we classify the world? I don't know why but this reminds me of how Eskimos have 50 words for snow, and all we have is "snow." Maybe sleet. not really sure if this is the same kind of thing but ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    2. nd often differs from his own-from that which he had yesterday, or WilJ have tomorrow.

      this stands out to me that a complex idea in the mind of one person will be fluid and different from day to day, my gut reaction was that an individual's "complex ideas" would remain rather unaltered for extended periods of time, even a lifetime. Maybe as one develops throughout life (adolescence to adulthood) one's thoughts would change, but not day to day

    3. here the ideas they stand for have no certain connection in nature;

      is it possible that any idea can have no connection to nature or the natural world?

    4. for in that regard they are all equally per-fect

      our mental representations of our ideas and what falls into which category is where the system is faulty, not the physical sounds we use to describe our ideas, because those are assigned arbitrarily

    5. whether it is possible to know the real es!.ences of' things

      sounds very much like Plato's (?) theory of forms where the idea is the essence of something and the physical object is just an imperfect representation of that idea

    6. relat-ing

      "there are no relata without relations" –Nathaniel Rivers

    7. We have direct sen1-ations. of course, hul we know only the ideas of these sensations; all other ideas arc fom1ed by reflecting upon the primary ideas caused by scn~ory pcrceplion

      The only real things are the ideas in our heads, which we then combine with sensory information to project onto the world in order to make sense of it

  2. Jan 2019
    1. a shift away from the question of truth andrepresentation (What is money and what does it mean?) to questions offorce and power (What can it do

      seems to mirror the "what? –> which one?" framework we discussed in class

    2. hetorical theorists: the concepts of memory, moral judgment, and inven-tion

      this sentence sounds like a good starting point for discussing why these might sound familiar to a rhetorical theorist

    3. it really so easy, forexample, to distinguish between a speaker, an audience, a message, anda context?

      maybe according to eng 1900

    4. osthumanism as an attempt to engage humans asdistributed processes rather than as discrete entities. In

      just like a distributed computer system uses more than one computer to run an application, this is the notion that the idea of "human" is social/communal, and does not exist on the individual level.

    1. we can cite ample precedent to refute any particularclaim as well

      this seems to go hand-in-hand with what Professor Rivers said last week in our discussions. There are many ways to define rhetoric, but each definition is also cutting it out and saying what it is not

    2. ne might hear in this question, forinstance, a gesture of good will from a departmental colleague, or the confusionof an administrator trying to decide on funding priorities, or the affectedprofundity of a scholar beginning a theoretical inquiry. But one might also hearin this question the skepticism of a family member, the obligatory interest of astranger you meet on a plane, or perhaps, sometimes, the curiosity of a friend

      I love this imagery of all the scenarios where rhetoric comes into question, and the examples seems to highlight how rhetoric takes a slightly different form in each new context it's in.

    1. epiphenomenal

      what does this mean

    2. hey were markers for something, and they were chosen deliberately—shades of redwere particularly favored

      exactly what I was thinking....I should've read ahead more /:

    3. epresentational.

      Maybe not in complex patterns or language, but would the fact that they were using colors at all make it representational on some level?

    4. s d

      ^to (?)

    5. esthetics as we know it

      what exactly is aesthetics as we know it?

    6. . The power of glaciation and climate in shaping movement, lifestyle,and innovation cannot be underestimated

      really off topic but makes me think of global warming and how our present actions can have huge, tangible consequences

    7. bottom-up character

      Does this mean that the environment/available materials is a force that shapes rhetoric and communication, instead of the traditional idea that rhetoric is imposed upon a certain group or space? ("entangling" of the people with the environment?)

    8. stemming from increased sociomaterial complexity, performed via plaques, beads, andspatial arrangements; and rhetoric as performed through mysterious cave rituals,

      A broad definition of rhetoric is effective or persuasive communication. This really piqued my interest- I always thought of rhetoric as written or spoken words and never gave much thought to how it might take physical manifestations, and what differences the medium makes.

    1. But no one.has ever been able to prove that it does conduce to virtue more than to vice

      central theme of the text: does the discipline of discourse provide more virtue than vice

    2. s Nachleben i

      artistic survival

    3. rote repetition and memoriza-tion, verbal analysis, and dramatic rehearsal

      This made me think...it may be a stupid question, but what does a modern education in rhetoric look like? The more I thought about it the more I found it hard to describe.

    4. For arts ought to consist of subjects that are constant, perpetual, and unchanging,

      When I read this, I thought of the difference between the work I do in English classes and the work my engineering friends do. I instantly thought of STEM majors, and that if the arts are perpetual and unchanging, they start to cross over into the realm of hard sciences, defeating the purpose of the "arts."

    5. rhetoric down the middle,

      Quick summary: Ramus separates thought from language, aka Reason and Speech. Dialectic describes Reason, while grammar and rhetoric describe speech. Grammar and rhetoric become "cosmetic arts" while reason becomes an art of its own.

    6. exigen

      pressing or demanding