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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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8 Gilles Deleuze: Communicating Sense ALEXANDER KOZIN 197


8 Gilles Deleuze Communicating Sense ALEXANDER KOZIN ________________________________________ For Gilles Deleuze communication does not form an explicit theme. Moreover, in those rare passages where communication is mentioned in his works, the meaning of the term is usually confined to the critique of information media and technologies. At the same time, as I intend to demonstrate in this chapter, an apparent lack of presence does not signify an absence but—in line with Deleuze’s entire corpus—points to the over- whelming character of communication that rises as the outer horizon in any philosophical treatment of sociality. The social world does not tolerate solipsism because the social is always already dynamic and forthcoming; its currency is interaction and transformation, and if we take relationality for the basic structure of life, we inescapably arrive at communication, it being the connecting tissue of the social world. At the same time, this connection alone does not suffice if we wish to ground Deleuze’s idea of communication. Therefore, I suggest that instead of looking for a systematic exposition of communication coming from Deleuze himself, it could be better to reconstruct the idea of communication from his works on other matters via his method. Hence, the main objective of this chapter is to introduce Deleuze and his unique scholarship as a methodological resource for understanding and researching communication. With this, I have structured the chapter as follows. First, after a brief biographical introduction, I make an attempt at situating Deleuze vis-à-vis the contemporary philosophical tradition. This opening...

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