AN EHTICS OF WRITING? ON WRITING AS A SOCIAL ACTIVITY

Dirk J Smit, Francois Wessels

Abstract


This article is a plea for ‘an ethics of writing’.  In a first section, the authors point to the power of writing, drawing on Martin’s recent study of the nature and the power of writing and Thiel’s study of the vocational responsibility of theologians in modernity, seeing themselves primarily as ‘authors’.  In a second section, they appeal to recent rhetorical theories that also underscore the importance of questions like who writes for whom and why.  In a third section, the social function of writing is further discussed with reference to Gregory Clark’s instructive study on dialogue, dialectic and conversation.  In a final paragraph, the necessity of an ethics of writing is proposed.

Keywords


Ethics on writing; Power of writing; Social function of writing; Gregory Clark

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/57-0-1577

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