For instance, what I wrote above is an argument claiming all text is an argument.* I could have written that phrase differently, saying "I have heard that all text is an argument" giving the idea doubt, or I could have written, "Some fools have written that all text is an argument" or even "Kant himself said that all text is an argument" and in this last example I'd be simultaneously arguing that Kant were a great Scholar or reliable source.All text is an argument
An attempt at a neutral statement that expresses personal experience of truthI have heard that all text is an argument
This statement questions the truth of secondary sources. It puts itelf into question, and this self-doubting is about the author
more than it is about text.
So here, the self-interest of the author has been publically displayed as part of the story.Some fools have written that all text is an argument
Here, the author positions himself as a non-fool, which is vain and arrogant. Once again, as in the second example, the statement says more about the author than it does about text. Which is unfortunate, but what do you expect in a text-environment that creates messiahs out of thin air.Kant himself said that all text is an argument
Name-dropping is a form of product placement (Be sure to check out Kant
, Wednesdays at 9!) as well as a form of cross promotion (I, like Kant, am inclined to reason that...).
In the last three statements, notice that NO KNOWLEDGE is really gained by the reader, except who that author is, who he wants to be seen as, and what ideas he wants to get out there. And the bias of the author actually means that the statements are probably false, or not personally experienced. It seems like the author doesn't really care about its veracity, only what the statement can do for his own intellectual standing.
Only the first statement (which is stated as a fact) can be considered to be "sharing with others." The others are all just self-promoting lies. And that first statement most closely resembles spoken word (oral tradition) type of text, where you could watch the speaker's gestures, listen to his tone and emotion, and smell his changing hormonal production as he "shares" his experiences.
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."-W 1%