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Drawing on clues from Aristotle, Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Jacobson, Condillac, and Diderot, Appelbaum investigates the vocalized, acoustical aspect of audible expression. He analyzes the tendency to equate voice with speaking, and speaking with writing, the result being that vocalizing is equivalent to thinking aloud. Appelbaum affirms the body’s role in vocalizing expression by proposing a new and radical interpretation of the truth of voice: that it is true if it provides a disclosure of our human contradictions. Sound, or the acoustical properties of a person’s voice, is able to bring about the revolutionary new set of conditions which reveal the truth of one’s condition.

The author provides a unique account of the subjugation of voice by thought, indicating means for reversing the authority of the sound and for freeing up the voice. He concludes with the argument that poetic voice reconciles the search for semantic meaning with the raw, acoustical effect that the free voice causes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791402887
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/28/1990
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 155
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

David Appelbaum is professor of philosophy at The College at New Paltz, New York.

Table of Contents


1. The Cough

2. The Laugh

3. On the Breath

4. The Verge of Madness

5. The Metaphor of Voice

6. Babble

7. Chant/Song

8. How the Deaf Come to Speak

9. The Poem

10. Plato and the Poets



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