Strecker - Chapter 08
Rhetoric, Truth, and the Work of Trope
main body of this chapter will consist of three parts, the second of
which is an antidote to the first, and the third of which explains why.
In the first part I will play the part of the gadfly, expressing
certain reservations I have about the Rhetoric Culture project. I am in
full agreement with what I take to be one of the project's main aims:
to overcome the limits of previous understandings of discourse that
give pride of place to its truth-functional aspects and devalue others
as mere rhetoric. But, for reasons I will argue in the first part of
the chapter, I think it would be counterproductive to try to address
this problem by simply reversing the terms of the opposition and
calling for a revaluation of the rhetorical over the truth-functional.