RHETOR 151 Chapter 14: R151 Reading 4.11.2017 Problem of Recognition
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Department
Rhetoric
Course
RHETOR 151
Professor
Aaron Michael Wintroub
Semester
Spring

Description
Rhetoric 151 Reading 4/11 The Problem of Recognition - Indies were imagined as featuring fantastic natural phenomena - travellers went to America with premise ideas of what they expected to find - beasts, mermaids, giants - They also believed in Black Africa a real world of savage people together with unusual and unclassified flora and fauna - Columbia sailed i to the western Atlantic drawing on these two sources - Impression of the new world was a mix of fact and fantasy - Belief that the new could be satisfactorily described by mean of some analogy with the olf - BUT those who actually want to settle in the New World had to come to closer grips with the need for some system of classification, even though no true description was possible - European observers were not equipped with an adequate descriptive vocab for this task, thus beset by uncertainty about how to use his conceptual tools in an unfamiliar terrain - Ex. describe things that looked alike as identical > interchangeability of types was insufficient - Tempted to abandon the task - When descr
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