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Functions and Fictions of Communication

Grant, Colin B.

Functions and Fictions of Communication

Year of Publication: 2000

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., New York, Wien, 2000. 179 pp.
ISBN 978-3-906758-40-4 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.280 kg, 0.617 lbs

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Book synopsis

This study examines the dynamic between cognitive construction and social communication but without recourse to predetermined models of rationality, truth or reality. It will be argued here that if the various theories of rational sociality contained in such concepts as intersubjectivity, rational communication, consensus or dialogue are in fact constructions (and this seems axiomatic), then subjects, individuals or social actors are either held together by recourse to something other than ontology or are trapped by anarchy. The view presented here is that the fictionality of social and cognitive constructions in no way automatically induces atomism or anomie. Instead, it recognises cognitive construction and the highly complex fictionalisation of its relations with what lies beyond it.


Contents: I: Literary Fictions and Realities / Post-Literary Theory of Fiction / Fictions of Dialogue – II: The Fictional Public / Fictions and Realities of the Public Sphere / Autonomy and Contingency in the Public Sphere – III: Fictions of Objectivity and Cognitive Solipsism / Contingency - Entropy - Autopoiesis / Fictions of Intersubjectivity – Appendix: Interview with S.J. Schmidt.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Colin B. Grant, Ph.D. in German Literature and Literary Theory. 1994–1998 Visiting Lecturer in German with Philosophy, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. At present Lecturer in French and German, School of Languages, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland. Author of Literary Communication from Consensus to Rupture (1995).