Rhetoric and composition conception has proven a renewed curiosity in sophistic countertraditions, as noticeable within the paintings of such "postphilosophers" as Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Hélène Cixous, and of such rhetoricians as Susan Jarratt and Steven Mailloux. As D. Diane Davis strains today’s theoretical curiosity to these countertraditions, she additionally units her attractions past them.
Davis takes a “third sophistics” method, one who makes a speciality of the play of language that eternally disrupts the “either/or” binary building of dialectic. She concentrates at the nonsequential third—excess—that overflows language’s dichotomies. during this paintings, laughter operates as a trope for disruption or breaking apart, that is, from Davis’s viewpoint, a joyfully damaging shattering of our confining conceptual frameworks.
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