The Philosophical Dialogue: A Poetics and a Hermeneutics

Overview

Originally published in Germany as Der philosophische Dialog: Eine Poetik und Hermeneutik (2006), this book not only contributes to the philosophical discussion or dialogue but to a great extent defines it. This fine translation will prove useful to both philosophers and literary critics in the English-speaking world.

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Overview

Originally published in Germany as Der philosophische Dialog: Eine Poetik und Hermeneutik (2006), this book not only contributes to the philosophical discussion or dialogue but to a great extent defines it. This fine translation will prove useful to both philosophers and literary critics in the English-speaking world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268030971
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Vittorio Hösle is Paul G. Kimball Chair of Arts and Letters in the Department of German Languages and Literatures, concurrent professor of philosophy and political science, and fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is the director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. He is the author or editor of many books, including Darwinism and Philosophy (coedited with Christian Illies, 2005) and Morals and Politics(2004), both published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations ix

Preface xv

Introduction 1

1 The Place of Philosophical Dialogue among the Literary Forms of Philosophy 6

2 Conversation and Dialogue: Historical and Fictional Dialogue-Chat and Discussion-Philosophical and Nonphilosophical Dialogue 19

3 On the Relationship between Form and Content in the Philosophical Dialogue 48

Part I The Production of Philosophical Dialogue

4 The Stages of the Philosophical Dialogue's Historical Development 71

5 Social Presuppositions and Obstacles 120

6 Individual Presuppositions and Obstacles 131

7 The Problem of Authorial Intention 136

Part II The Universe of the Philosophical Dialogue

8 Individual Dialogues and Groups of Dialogues 155

9 Introductory Taxonomy: Direct, Indirect, and Mixed Dialogues 163

10 The Modal and Ontological Status of the Literary Universe-Personification and the Problem of Realism-Dream and Dialogue 185

11 The Space of Conversation 210

12 The Time of Conversation 237

13 The Number of Persons in the Conversation 258

14 The Initial Conditions of Conversation: Arranged and Accidental Conversations-Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Conversations-Authority and Autonomy 290

15 The Goal of Conversation: Learning From versus Learning About-Dissent, Consensus, Aporia-Total versus Partial Communication 331

16 The Ethics of Conversation 374

17 The Logic of Conversation 406

18 The Aesthetics of the Dialogue 430

Part III The Reception of the Philosophical Dialogue

19 Conversation between Different Dialogic Universes 443

20 Conversation between Author and Reader 458

Bibliography 464

Index 478

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