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Volume :7 Issue : 28 1987      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The Stylistics of Rhetoric and the Form-Content Dichotomy: A Philosophical Approach

Auther : Ahmad K. Ardat

Rhetorical transaction depends on the triade of speaker writer, message, and listener reader, the value of each deciding whether the message is content oriented form inclined, or truthfully objective. When the form and content of a message are interdependent, the encoder speaker writer and decoder listener reader of that message should be impersonal to the point of instrumentality.

As the encoder and decoder of rhetorical situations have all along been humans, the form content dichotomy suffered, as it will always do. Plato Aristotle, Christian clergy, Francis bacon, and George Campbell give more weight to content; the sophists, Cicero, the Elizabethans (excepting the epistemologists), the Neoclassicists, and Blair favor form. Quintillion preaches the marriage of form and content, but his peroration remains in the sphere of well-wishing, for it did not receive attentive ears. In the department of the humanities, form and content have never and won’t ever, as I think, attain an interdependent status.

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