Book Note: Persuasion and Rhetoric by Carlo Michelstaedter #5

The rhetoric of science is the affirmation of this work, which is nothing but referring to the deficiency of things as if it were sufficient to the demand of persuasion. 

Michelstaedter's ontological configuration, like most forms of idealism, produces a framework by which one can measure the passive features of the world, but unlike idealism, Michelstaedter's thought doesn't offer us an inevitable conclusion in favor of our prejudices. His dialectic buldozes over hope in affirmation itself, reminding us that a practice such as science, while constantly re-addressing the irreducible borders of the material world, only ever offers up the refuse of communal utility.