About Michael J. Faris
Assistant Professor of English with research areas in digital literacy, privacy and social media, and queering rhetorics.
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Cross-posted on MAWG: Polemics and Irenics in Argument Ã¢â‚¬â€œ it’s a start? In her essay â€œThe Womanization of Rhetoric,â€œ Sally Miller Gearhart writes that she believes â€œthat any intent to persuade is an act of violenceâ€œ because the persuader has … Continue reading
In a previous post I wrote (while reading Ong’s book): Huizingo states, â€œAll knowledgeâ€”and this includes philosophyâ€”is polemical by nature.â€œ (45) I wonder if this last fact is true. I agree that all knowledge is socially constructed, but is it, … Continue reading
I never knew what irenic meant until yesterday. According to dictionary.com, it means “Promoting peace; conciliatory.” If I recall Walter Ong right, he’s concerned that our culture is becoming too irenic. That is, we are too concerned with being conciliatory. … Continue reading
Conversations with Sara Jameson are always nice to have. We talked about agonism in display, or more to the point, what is argument? Is argument good? Is argument always agonistic? We talked about the necessity of conflict in society. When … Continue reading