Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
John P. Jackson
Michele H. Jackson
My thesis considers the use of argumentation in two distinct traditions: rhetoric and dialectics. I apply Chaim Perelman and Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca's New Rhetoric and Douglas Walton's New Dialectics in a rhetorical analysis of David Cope's Virtual Music: Computer Synthesis of Musical Style. The book contains an exchange between composer David Cope, and cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter, about the implications resulting from Cope's compositional computer program: Experiments in Musical Intelligence (EMI). I apply Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca's concept of arguments of association and disassociation to analyze and categorize Cope and Hofstadter's arguments regarding the concepts of creativity, style, and imitation. I use Walton's concept of types of dialogue, and chains of presumptive reasoning to describe the internal structure of each argument and the overall contextual influence of the exchange. Ultimately, I address how these two frameworks interact and synthesize a new, unique model of argumentation.
Fracchia, Austin Corey, "New Rhetoric Meets New Dialectics: A Methodological Interaction on Music and Computational Creativity" (2012). Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 48.