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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


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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)

About the Author

José Medina is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University and the author of The Unity of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy: Necessity, Intelligibility, and Normativity, also published by SUNY Press, and Language: Key Concepts in Philosophy, and the coeditor (with David Wood) of Truth: Engagements Across Philosophical Traditions.

Table of Contents


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


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