Convincing an Academic
Rhetoric, without supporting evidence, is swiftly identified and dismissed by most Academics. Digging a ditch deeper than most, this is a bipartisan entrenchment of ideas. An act of damning levee, impenetrable to alternative concepts without the infrastructure. Is there a difference? Only time and a shift in paradigm will tell. Self-talk is manifest in academic and layman alike, this rhetoric is an inward journey. Let me in. Hear my ideas and help. Respond with a responsion. The crucial motion turns on the meaning of Ent-sprechen, which is not "an answer to" (une réponse à), but a "response to," a "correspondence with," a dynamic reciprocity and matching such as occur when gears, both in quick motion mesh. Thus, our question as to the nature of philosophy calls not for an answer in the sense of a textbook definition or formulation, be it Platonic, Cartesian, or Lockean, but for an entsprechung, a response, a vital echo, a "re-sponsion" in the liturgical sense of participatory engagement.