Recovering Pragmatism's Voice: The Classical Tradition, Rorty, and the Philosophy of Communication
Lenore Langsdorf, Andrew R. Smith
SUNY Press, 1995 - Philosophy - 336 pages
This book focuses on what pragmatism tells us about the nature and function of communication. Its goals are to recover a singular voice of pragmatism, and to identify and develop alternative methods and aims for the philosophy of communication. It shows how pragmatism assumes and proposes a philosophy of communication that can lead to a reconceptualization of contemporary communication studies.
The authors explore recurrent themes in the tradition’s various classical extensions that commend pragmatism as a methodology for social change and human development. They show that pragmatism fosters inquiry and pluralism by rejecting strategies for closure, questioning prevailing metanarratives, and encouraging the development of new habits of conduct through a critical practice that is fundamentally self-reflective.
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