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By saving her from an immediate beating, such belligerent language supplants a maternal, gently suasive, tutelary voice.
An explanation often takes the form of constructing a deductive argument, the conclusion of which is a statement of the fact needing explanation: but, unlike what happens in a suasive argument, in an explanatory argument the epistemic direction may run counter to the direction of logical consequence.
By the latter, I mean that the Marxist ideology toward religion is a cultural system in the Geertzian sense, meaning that "The function of ideology is to make an autonomous politics possible by providing the authoritative concepts that render it meaningful, the suasive images by means of which it can be sensibly grasped" (Geertz 1973:218).
It is from Burke that Nelson gets his idea that courtship is the "use of suasive devices for the transcending of social estrangement" (9).
Pursuing Burke's notion of early modern courtship as a suasive device, Nelson quickly and convincingly finds himself in a position to argue that "courtship is tantamount to rhetoric" (9), and it is this identification, based on Burke, that essentially underlies the argument of the rest of his book: elsewhere Nelson writes of "Donne induc[ing] his audience to court God" (115).
Tom Bishop suggests that the makers of masques found the ritual created in such events difficult to control, due to the unstable relationship between the 'suasive illusion of solemnity and tradition' associated with court ritual, and the subversive energies of the carnivalesque or grotesque called into being during the antimasque.
Thomas Jefferson's writings alone have produced equally per- suasive arguments for both sides of the debate.
The rules binding lower courts to adhere to precedent are, therefore, not compulsory but suasive. (80)
A rhetoric scholar who looks closely at the suasive qualities of language, I spend a lot of my time looking at how everyday texts call upon certain kinds of literacy and response.
These elements communicate a certain suasive urgency, alerting us to the embedded presence of an argument that Wallace is eager to get across.
This environment will also have required you to cultivate the suasive arts, to learn the constructive uses of ambiguity, to develop the self-restraint not to cross bridges until you come to them, and to practice such conventions of committee work as introducing your personal views by attributing them to others ("What I hear you all saying is ...").