Media of Reason: A Theory of Rationality

Media of Reason: A Theory of Rationality

by Matthias Vogel, Dan Arnold

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Media of Reason: A Theory of Rationality by Matthias Vogel

Matthias Vogel challenges the belief, promoted by many contemporary philosophers, that reason is determined solely by our discursive, linguistic abilities as communicative beings. In his view, the medium of language is not the only force of reason—music, art, and other nonlinguistic forms of communication and understanding are also significant factors. Introducing an expansive theory of the mind that accounts for highly sophisticated, penetrative media, Vogel advances a novel conception of rationality while freeing philosophy from its attachment to linguistics.

Vogel’s media of rationality treats all kinds of understanding and thought, propositional and non-propositional, as important contributions to the processes and production of knowledge and thinking. By developing an account of rationality grounded in a new conception of media, he raises the profile of the prelinguistic and nonlinguistic dimensions of rationality and advances the Enlightenment project, buffering it against the postmodern critique that the movement fails to appreciate aesthetic experience. Guided by the work of Jürgen Habermas, Donald Davidson, and a range of media theorists, including Marshall McLuhan, Vogel rebuilds if not remakes the relationship among various forms of media—books, movies, newspapers, the Internet, and television—while offering an original and exciting contribution to media theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231527750
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/06/2012
Series: New Directions in Critical Theory
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Matthias Vogel holds a chair in theoretical philosophy at the University of Giessen, Germany, and studied philosophy and musicology at the University of Hamburg. Educated in both the continental and the analytic tradition, he completed his masters degree with an essay on Jürgen Habermas’s theory of modernity. His research interests follow the philosophy of mind, semantics (especially theories of nonceptual content), and the theory of rationality and aesthetics (particularly the philosophy of music and the arts). Darrell Arnold is assistant professor of philosophy at St. Thomas University in Miami and editor in chief of The Humanities and Technology Review. He has translated numerous books from German, including C. Matzavinos’s Naturalistic Hermeneutics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. What Are Media?
3. Toward a General Theory of Media
4. The Consequences for a Concept of Rationality

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