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Mutual misunderstanding : scepticism and the theorizing of language and interpretation

Author: Talbot J Taylor
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 1992.
Series: Post-contemporary interventions.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A strikingly original analysis of the rhetorical patterns underlying Western linguistic thought

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Taylor, Talbot J.
Mutual misunderstanding.
Durham : Duke University Press, 1992
(OCoLC)644107765
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Talbot J Taylor
ISBN: 0822312387 9780822312383 0822312492 9780822312499
OCLC Number: 25367333
Description: xii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: To Remedy the Abuse of Words. 1. On Addressing Understanding. Destitute of Faith, but Terrified at Scepticism. Thinking Even More Crazily Than Philosophers. Theorizing Language. Theorizing Understanding. Metacommunicational Topoi. The Uses of Scepticism. Therapy by Pictures. 2. On How We Ought to Understand. The Dogma of the "Double Conformity" The Lockean Model. Communicational Scepticism and Commonsense. Proto-conventionalism? Communicational Prophylactics. Locke's Puzzle --
Communicational Codes. 3. On Now We Naturally Understand. Language and the Genesis of Understanding. Linguistic Nature and Artificial Languages. Code Theory. Phylogenetic Naturalism. Naturalism Modernized. Chomsky's Origins. 4. On What Understanding Must Be. Saussure the Metaphysician. How Can a Language Be a Vehicle of Understanding? How Can a Language Elude the Control of the Will? How Can the Sign be a "Unified Duality"? How Can the Sign Be Arbitrary? Because We Speak the Same Language ... Science and Metaphysics Reconciled. 5. On Knowing What We Understand. Telementation ad Absurdum. Returning to Our Senses: From Absurdity to Necessary Objects. Frege's Semantic Ontologies. Epistemic Code Theory. Dummett on Knowing a Language. Epistemic Code Theory (Revised Version). Knowledge Reduced to Practice --
Communicational Reasoning. 6. On Reaching an Understanding. Pragmatic Theories of Communication. Verbal Hints and Mental Induction. Finding the Thing-Meant. Pragmatic Theory versus Code Theory. Communicational Reasoning and the Problem of Order. Relevance Theory: Naturalism with a Twist. The Social Determination of Misunderstanding. 7. On Understanding What to Do. Grice's Maxims of Communication. Enter the Anti-Realist. Interpreting the Rule. Rule-Scepticism and Pragmatic Theory. Scepticism "Solved" A Test of Rhetorical Strength. Anti-Realist Aspirations --
Communicational Practice. 8. On Believing We Understand. Protecting Interpretation from the Threat of Relativism. How a Text Means. The Rhetoric of Interpretive Realism. Derrida on Deconstructing Realism. Fish: Interpretive Work ad Infinitum. The Rhetoric of Deconstruction. Attending to the World's Verbal Business. The Sceptic Reasserts Himself. Practicing Understanding. The Problem of Communicational Order. 9. On Acting like We Understand. Smith: Contingencies of Understanding. Verbal Commerce. Caveat Orator, Caveat Auditor. Communicational Asymmetry. Interacting with a Postmodern Communicational Agent. Conditioned to Understand. How to Do Things with Verbal Behavior. 10. On Doing "Understanding" Individual Agency and Communicational Theory. Ethnomethodology. Parsons's Voluntaristic Theory of Action. Garfinkel on Social Norms. Manufacturing Communicational Consent. Living in a Meaningful World. Commonsense and Understanding. In Understanding We Trust. The Moral Imperative to Understand. Constructing Intersubjectivity. The Practical Solution of Theoretical Puzzles. Language Theory for the Practical Minded --
Denouement. 11. On Whether (We Believe) We Understand Each Other. Eine ubersichtliche Darstellung. How to Win the Language-Game of Empirical Justification. "But then, do we not believe we understand each other?" Untying the Rhetorical Knot. "Try looking at it this way" Metadiscourse Seen Aright? Anti-Dogmatics. So What?
Series Title: Post-contemporary interventions.
Responsibility: Talbot J. Taylor.

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