Speaking from Elsewhere: A New Contextualist Perspective on Meaning, Identity, and Discursive Agency

Speaking from Elsewhere: A New Contextualist Perspective on Meaning, Identity, and Discursive Agency

by Jose Medina
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791469166

ISBN-13: 9780791469163

Pub. Date: 06/01/2007

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Develops a contextualist view of identity, agency, and discursive practices.

In Speaking from Elsewhere, author JoseΠMedina argues for the critical and transformative power of speech from marginalized locations by articulating a contextualist view of meaning, identity, and agency. This contextualism draws from different philosophical traditions

…  See more details below

Overview

Develops a contextualist view of identity, agency, and discursive practices.

In Speaking from Elsewhere, author JoseŒ Medina argues for the critical and transformative power of speech from marginalized locations by articulating a contextualist view of meaning, identity, and agency. This contextualism draws from different philosophical traditions (Wittgenstein, pragmatism, and feminist theory) and crosses disciplinary boundaries (philosophy, cultural studies, women’s studies, and sociology) to underscore both the diversity of voices and viewpoints and the openness of discursive contexts and practices. Expressing a robust notion of discursive responsibility, Medina contends that, as speakers and members of linguistic communities, we cannot elude the obligation to open up discursive spaces for new voices and to facilitate new dialogues that break silences and empower marginalized voices.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791469163
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/01/2007
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. Contextualizing Meaning

1.1 The Indeterminacy of Meaning: “Unnatural Doubts” and “Theoretical Diagnosis”
1.2 Wittgenstein as a Theoretical Diagnostician: Overcoming the Temptations of Reification and Decontextualization
1.3 Contextual Determinacy: Wittgenstein and Dewey on Meaning and Agreement
1.4 Meaning in Context: Semantic Stability and Semantic Change
1.5 Sustaining Agreement in Action: Normalcy and Eccentricity
1.6 A View from Elsewhere

2. Contextualizing Identity

2.1 The Hegelian Connection: Identity, Difference, and Polyphony
2.1.a The Dialectics of Recognition
2.1.b To Be and Not to Be: This Mess Called My Identity
2.2 The Flourishing of Voices and Their Domestication

3. Contextualizing Agency

3.1 Fighting Philosophical Myths about Discursive Agency
3.2 On Having a Voice: Uncontrollability, Polyphony, and a Hybrid View of Agency and Responsibility
3.3 The Scandal of Our Agency: Agency without Sovereignty and the Possibility of Transgression

4. Speaking from Elsewhere: Silence, Exclusion, and Marginality

4.1 Contextualism and the Hermeneutics of Silence
4.2 Making Sense of Radical Silences and Exclusions: A Polyphonic Perspective
4.3 Spaces of Intelligibility and Marginality
4.4 Speaking from the Margins

Notes
References
Index

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >