4 thoughts on “Kenneth Burke

    • This last portion of Burke’s definition has particular importance to his other philosophical theories of man. Man being rotten with perfection speaks to the motives that are distinct in man; motives being an intrinsic part of Burke’s Dramatism, distinguishing action from motion.

      Burke refers to Aristotle’s notion of entelechy, which states that we seek to reach the perfection of our kind. This, however, is not present in nature. Burke points out that a rock and a tree are perfectly acceptable as being what they are, but not so with man for he aims to be higher than he is.


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