Speaking Philosophically: Communication at the Limits of Discursive Reason

Sutherland, Thomas (2023) Speaking Philosophically: Communication at the Limits of Discursive Reason. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781350160828

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Western philosophy has often claimed for itself not just a distinct sphere of knowledge, but a distinct form of communication, set against ordinary speech. In 'Speaking Philosophically', I propose that for some philosophers, authentic philosophizing demands a specific manner of speaking or writing, adoption of which enables one to gesture toward truths that propositional speech will never grasp. Drawing on a variety of thinkers – Heraclitus, Plato, Kant, Fichte, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Weil, Foucault, and Irigaray – I argue this emphasis on the form of philosophical communication can function as an exclusionary mechanism, determining who is deemed capable of speaking philosophically.

Keywords:communication, community, continental philosophy, Plato, Heraclitus, Immanuel Kant, J.G. Fichte, Friedrich Nietzsche, Søren Kierkegaard, Simone Weil, Michel Foucault, Luce Irigaray, exclusion
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P990 Mass Communications and Documentation not elsewhere classified
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V500 Philosophy
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film, Media & Journalism > Lincoln School of Film, Media & Journalism (Media)
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Deposited On:23 Jun 2023 14:09

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