[KB] Potential KB history projects

David Erland Isaksen daviderland at gmail.com
Tue Nov 28 04:24:38 EST 2017

Thanks. As I said, forgive my rookie mistakes ;) Is there a recording of
this available somewhere?

On Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 8:35 PM, Jack Selzer <jls25 at psu.edu> wrote:

> On April 8-9, 1949, Burke appeared at the two-day Western Roundtable on
> Modern Art (all expenses paid), for an honorarium of $100. Other notables
> in the roundtable conversation were Gregory Bateson, George Boas, Marcel
> Duchamp, Arnold Schoenberg, Mark Tobey, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
> See http://www.ubu.com/historical/wrtma/index.html
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> *From: *"Clarke Rountree" <rountrj at uah.edu>
> *To: *"David Erland Isaksen" <daviderland at gmail.com>
> *Cc: *"kb" <kb at kbjournal.org>
> *Sent: *Monday, November 27, 2017 1:14:03 PM
> *Subject: *Re: [KB] Potential KB history projects
> Hi David,
> KB told me the same thing about Levi's plagiarism in 1986. I delivered a
> paper on the Levi issue at NCA in 2014. It turns out that the timing is not
> very supportive of the charge. Levi published this short book as an article
> in the U of Chicago Law Review in Spring 1948, before Burke visited Chicago
> (where Levi was). Correspondence has Jerome Frank recommending the Grammar
> to Levi AFTER Levi published the article but before he published the book
> version; but no changes were made and Levi does not mention to Frank that
> he's read Burke. Finally, and importantly, Levi's position ignores some
> important points Burke makes about constitutions, so if he did steal from
> Burke he did a lousy job. Ideas about the law and constitutions being
> contradictory in their values and goals were developed by the Legal
> Realists decades earlier, so Levi didn't need Burke for that.
> Clarke
> On Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 1:13 AM, David Erland Isaksen <
> daviderland at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi!
>> I discovered some rather interesting small tidbits of information which
>> could spin off research projects that are beyond my specialty, but would be
>> great contributions to Burke scholarship (if they haven't already been
>> done).
>> 1. *An Introduction to Legal Reasoning* by Edward H. Levi actually
>> plagiarizes Kenneth Burke's Constitution section of *A* *Grammar of
>> Motives. *According to Kenneth Burke, the author (Edward H. Levi, even
>> admitted that he borrowed his concept and a lot of material from Burke's
>> book (without attribution, I might add), and his excuse was that "you are
>> not really in my field, therefore it would not have looked good if I had
>> cited you." This text has become a classic and go-to guide in law schools
>> (and is still being used very frequently (https://www.amazon.com/
>> Introduction-Legal-Reasoning-Edward-Levi/dp/022608972X). Some call it
>> one of the foundational texts in modern legal theory.
>> Burke mentions this in a letter to Watson in February 1950.
>> 2. Kenneth Burke participated in a broadcast (or two broadcasts). One is
>> clearly mentioned as occuring at the San Fransisco Scool of Fine Arts April
>> 8th and 9th, 1949. It is possible that there is still a recording of that
>> available.
>> It may be the same one he is referring to later in a December 1949 letter.
>> Like I said, this may have been covered before. In that case, please
>> forgive me for my rookie mistakes ;)
>> Greetings,
>> David Isaksen
>> University of Agder
>> University College of Southeast Norway
>> www.intelligenceofpersuasion.blogspot.com
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