Invective and other negative rhetoric is common enough in both secular and religious efforts to eliminate abortion in our society. Standard Catholic moral analysis places limits on its use, especially in public, antagonistic debates. A more personalist analysis, emphasizing the effect the rhetoric has on the speaker and the existing and potential bonds of communion between the speaker and the hostile hearer even further limits the situations in which such rhetoric may be used.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
I just found out that my article called "Invective, Irony, Sarcasm and Other Negative Tropes in Pro-Life Rhetoric" is available online. The following summary of the article is taken from the conclusion.