RHETOR 20 Lecture 7: R20 Lecture 7 2.7.2017

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Rhetoric 20
Lecture 7 -- 2/7/2016
Last time:
- Modus ponens
- Politics of interpretation
- Rhetoric of interpretation
Today
- Mimesis
- Hermeneutics
- Content/ form
- Formalism/ intentionalism
- Problem of interpretive authority
- Variability of interpretation and indeterminacy of intention/ Literal meaning
- Hyperreality
- Representation
- Real, “real”
- Simulacrum
Trump’s executive order
- There are terms within that warrant discussion (validity of legal arguments),
but these discussions are belied by the nature of the EO itself
- Probably for purposes of expediency (discussion is difficult)
- Think: who gets to speak authoritatively about this? Courts? Washington?
- Court speaks before or in the name of individuals
Mailloux
- Cannot interpret without politicization
- Politics of a text are complicated
- Apply to interpretation of the Constitution
- Originalist
- Original intent > intentionalist
- Original meaning > formalist
- Living Constitution
- Allows flexibility because of distanciation (space and time
difference)
- What it means to apply this statute today
- Also intentionalist and formalist aspects
- Ex. formalist - change in meaning of “queer,” definition of
“marriage”
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