Friday, October 29, 2004

Written on the short title page of Stanley Fish's Self-Consuming Artifacts:

"This book, like Plato, undertakes to establish a dialectical pattern in order to change the person interiorly and the world (destorying the 'artifact' as such, for Plato the imitation or imitation of an imatation). Like Plato, antirhetorical, for rhetoric undertakes simply to work on the extant world."

And after a large space on the page, Fr. Ong also wrote:

"Plato's undertaking was made possible by literacy (Havelock). Fish's focuses on the reader as reader."

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