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Author Jardine, Murray, 1954-

Title Speech and political practice : recovering the place of human responsibility / Murray Jardine.

Published Albany : State University of New York Press, [1998]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  401 JARD    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 207 pages ; 24 cm.
Series SUNY series in the philosophy of the social sciences.
SUNY series in the philosophy of the social sciences.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [193]-204) and index.
Contents Introduction: Political Theory and Human Finitude -- 1. The Concept of a Narrative Practice as an Alternative to Objectivism -- 2. Scientific Practice and Its Implicit Critique of Objectivism -- 3. The Written Word as an Experiential Source of Objectivism -- 4. Beyond Objectivism: The Logic of the Speech Act -- 5. Speech, Place, and Narrative Practice -- Conclusion: Speech, Place, and the Postmodern Public Realm.
Summary Recently, political theorists, philosophers, and theologians have given considerable attention to the role of narrative both in the formation and maintenance of political communities and in moral reasoning. Speech and Political Practice examines a central question for narrative-based theories of community and ethics: How can we tell a good story from a bad one? That is, how can narrative models of community escape moral relativism?
Speech and Political Practice develops a dynamic and egalitarian conception of place based on the human capacity for speech. It argues that places of responsibility can be derived from the structures of various types of speech act, and that such places of responsibility can establish limits on individual and collective action without abandoning legitimate modern achievements such as democracy and science. Drawing upon recent philosophy of language and science and upon anthropological studies of oral, literate, and electronic-image cultures, Jardine concludes that practical development of speech-based places will require that we reorient ourselves from visual modes of experience toward oral/aural experience. He discusses what this would imply for a revival of public life.
Subject Language and languages -- Philosophy.
Objectivism (Philosophy)
Narration (Rhetoric)
Speech acts (Linguistics)
Political science.
ISBN 0791436861 (paperback)