anti-dogmatism, based on the refusal of the principle of sufficient reason) and ethical or ethopoetic (the recognition of the fragility of everything that exists, and also the recognition of our collective responsibility to create future environments for all).
See on the priority of truthfulness over truth and on ethopoetic devices E Mendieta 'The Ethics of (Not) Knowing.
I organize the letters into three categories--documentary, ethopoetic, and miracle letters--according to both formal criteria and the modes of engagement they establish with the audience.
Both categories strive to animate the protagonists of the AR, but the ethopoetic letters, as I will show, are willing to exceed the limits of plausibility in order to illustrate the minds and emotions of their authors.
35) By the Second Sophistic, authors like Alciphron had transformed the ethopoetic letter into a high literary art, attempting to sustain appropriate characterizations without falling into non-Attic solecisms or anachronisms.
The ethopoetic letter is a form well-represented within the AR, determined by a very different set of criteria than the documentary letters.
LeMahieu, "The Ethopoetic
Moment," Scope: An Online Journal of Film and TV Studies, 13 (February, 2009), http://www.
More than that, "human dog" achieves an ethopoetic
sketch, in a single ligature, of the character uttering it.
The text of Polemon's extant orations, a pair of elaborate ethopoetic [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] in the voices of two Athenians whose sons died fighting the Persians at Marathon, provides something of a script for these remarks.
The popularity of such dramatic acting, whether in the voice of a character from the Greek past or, less commonly, in a fictional voice, is suggested by the fact that even those "commonplace" themes that the rhetoricians do not recommend as particularly suitable for an ethopoetic approach routinely employ ethopoeia or stylized techniques closely related to it.
In an autobiographical speech before an Athenian audience, Dio ascribes the launching of his sophistic career to an ethopoetic performance in which he attracted an audience with emotional self-exhortations on the familiar philosophical topics of self-control and fortitude.
This article reexamines the letters through the lens of three generic categories: documentary, ethopoetic
, and miracle letters.