Unruly Examples: On the Rhetoric of Exemplarity

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Stanford University Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 376 pages
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This collection of twelve essays aims to demonstrate that while example has a rich genealogy in the rhetorical tradition, it also involves issues that are central to current theories of meaning and ethics in literature and philosophy. Whatever is designated as example functions as a nexus of converging articulations: What is it an example of? To whom is the example directed? What makes it 'exemplary', that is, what elevates the singular instance to authoritative status? Is the example merely one - a singular, an accident - or the One, a paradigm or paragon? In this volume, the dimensions of these and other questions for literary theory and philosophy are explored in texts ranging across the Western tradition, from the Bible onwards.
 

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Contents

Historical Forms of Exemplarity
15
An Example
104
Fables of Responsibility
121
The Pragmatics of Exemplary Narrative
142
Nietzsches Thus Spoke Zarathustra
162
Kafka and Benjamin
175
PART 1n Exemplarity in Philosophy
211
Kants Examples
255
Kants Symbols
277
Of the Eye and the Law
303
Notes
327
Index
373
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