Monday, January 25, 2010

Edward Said on Inventio as reassembling

Therefore, one invents--in the literal use of the Latin word inventio, employed by rhetoricians to stress finding again or reassembling from past performances, as opposed to the romantic use of invention as something you create from scratch--goals abductively, that is, hypothesizes a better situation from the known historical and social facts.

Said, Edward, "The Public Role of Writers and Intellectuals", The Nation, September 17, 2001

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