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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Identification, the foundation of all human interaction

This papers focus is to give an introduction to the rhetorical theory of Identification presented by Kenneth Burke. By first examining what the theory of identification deals with and how it can be related to every day life, there is a move to the association of the theory to rhetoric as a whole. Also there is a look into the underlying theories of Identification such as consubstantiality; and the human condition: followed by an the explanation on how we can use these theories to persuade. This is done through the examination of Burke's work, "A Rhetoric of Motives", in addition to other outside sources. The idea of identification is a central topic in all of Burke's work and a basic understanding of that theory is important to the further understanding of all his theories.

Presenter: Steven LaDue (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Communication
Location: 107 Holmes
Time: 2:30 pm (Session IV)