Young, Becker, and Pike on Rhetoric

Young, Becker, and Pike: “We have sought to develop a rhetoric that implies we are all citizens of an extraordinarily diverse and disturbed world, that the ‘truths’ we live by are tentative and subject to change; that we must be discoverers of new truths as well as preservers and transmitters of the old, and that enlightened cooperation is the preeminent ethical goal of communication” (Rhetoric: Discovery and Change 9).

I think that “extraordinarily diverse and disturbed world” is an interesting characterization.

I like the idea that we can be preservers and transmitters of old truths in addition to discoverers of new truths, though “truths” as tentative and subject to change is problematic.

As opposed to persuasion, “enlightened cooperation” is an interesting description. What would that look like in actual practice? Is it enlightened cooperation when someone makes me laugh? Is it enlightened cooperation when they bring me to tears? Is it enlightened cooperation when I agree that they are right, but don’t do anything else?

What makes cooperation an ethical goal? What would be an emotional goal of communication? What would be a logical goal of communication?

For some reason–maybe their heuristics–Y, B, & P always make me think in questions.

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