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Philosophical Profiles in the Theory of Communication

With a Foreword by Richard J. Bernstein and an Afterword by John Durham Peters

Edited By Jason Hannan

Philosophical Profiles in the Theory of Communication is the first book to draw systematic attention to the theme of communication in twentieth-century academic philosophy. It covers a broad range of philosophical perspectives on communication, including those from analytic philosophy, pragmatism, critical theory, phenomenology, hermeneutics, feminism, psychoanalysis, systems theory, and more. What emerges is a vital, long-neglected story about the theme of communication in late modern academic philosophy. Each chapter features a «profile» of a particular philosophical figure, with a brief intellectual biography, an overview of that figure’s contribution to communication theory, and a critical assessment of the significance of that contribution. The clear and accessible organization of the volume makes it ideal for courses in both philosophy and communication studies.


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________________________________________ Acknowledgements vii Foreword ix RICHARD J. BERNSTEIN Introduction 1 JASON HANNAN 1 Hannah Arendt: Public Action, Sociality, and Permanence 9 in the World STUART POYNTZ 2 Seyla Benhabib: Foundations for Critical Communication Theory and Praxis 35 ANDREW R. SMITH 3 Richard J. Bernstein: Engaged Pluralist and Dialogical Exemplar 65 VINCENT COLAPIETRO 4 Robert Brandom: Inference and Meaning 99 KEVIN SCHARP 5 Martin Buber: Bearing Witness to an Experience 127 ROB ANDERSON AND KENNETH N. CISSNA 6 Ernst Cassirer: Communication, Rhetoric, and Symbolic Form 159 THOMAS A. DISCENNA 7 Donald Davidson: The Interpretational Constitution of Meaning 181 ELI DRESNER vi | Table of Contents 8 Gilles Deleuze: Communicating Sense 197 ALEXANDER KOZIN 9 Daniel C. Dennett: Communication, Evolution, and Self 219 DAVID L. THOMPSON 10 Hans-Georg Gadamer: Philosophical Hermeneutics and the Interplay of Understanding and Meaning 235 RONALD C. ARNETT 11 Sandra Harding: The Less False Accounts of Feminist Standpoint Epistemology 261 LINDA STEINER 12 William James: Among the Machines 291 CHRIS RUSSILL 13 Jacques Lacan: Psychoanalysis With(in) Communication 325 CHRISTIAN LUNDBERG 14 Emmanuel Levinas: Contact and Interruption 343 AMIT PINCHEVSKI 15 Niklas Luhmann: Society as a System of Communication 367 HANS-GEORG MOELLER 16 Alasdair MacIntyre: Tradition and Disagreement 385 JASON HANNAN 17 Charles S. Peirce: Signs of Inquiry 409 MATS BERGMAN 18 Paul Ricoeur: A Philosophy of Communicative Praxis 437 FADOUA LOUDIY 19 Ludwig Wittgenstein: From Language to Forms of Life 463 WILLIAM KEITH Afterword: Doctors of Philosophy 499 JOHN DURHAM PETERS Contributors 511 Index 515

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