Tangled Hierarchies

25 July 2014

Shane McCarthy
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Tangled Hierarchies
Shane McCarthy

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- Synecdoche, as through line is more apt.

- A synecdoche (meaning "simultaneous understanding") is a figure of speech in which a term for a part of something refers to the whole of something, or vice- versa.

- Either way, it could be said to parallel the scientific method, but we are both tarnished with the lense of narrative. So instead of fighting it, why not embrace it?

- Because when we talk about proof in rhetoric, we're not talking about what, colloquially, you might understand by the term. In formal logic and mathematics, proof is something absolute. You start with a set of axioms and derive a series of conclusions by an iron clad chain of deductions. A mathematical proposition is either true or not.- Well the root of the word invented throws up questions in and of itself. But that’s besides the point. Anywhere outside of pure maths, we are in the territory of inductive reasoning. That’s why the rigor of the scientific method depends not on proof but its opposite.The way science is, is that you put up a hypothesis, and you let it stand until it's disproved. That is essentially, a way of recognizing the imperfect and provisional nature of scientific reasoning.

- Fine, but my assertion still stands. We are closer to the astronomer than mathematician. As we try and personify a paraphrasing of Lost Tools of Learning. You as the logic with-the-thing-as-it-is-known, and I as grammar, concerned with-the-thing-as-it-is-symbolised; and we as rhetoric concerned with the thing-as-it-is-communicated. Because rhetoric deals with probabilities rather than certainties. With analogy and generalisation. If the philosopher deals with knowledge, the rhetorician is much more interested in belief.

- Because what ever categorization, enthymeme, syllogism, antithesis and synthesis or mitigated speech; fuge, gestalt, or train of thought. We can be understood as units of thoughts, that is, ways of articulating the relationship between ideas