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The Aesthetics of Communication : Pragmatics and Beyond - Herman Parret

The Aesthetics of Communication

Pragmatics and Beyond

By: Herman Parret, Stuart Rennie (Translator)

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Published: 30th April 1993
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AESTHETICIZING PRAGMATICS The Gamut of Pragmatics Pragmatics emerged among the sciences of language at the end of the 1960's in reaction to certain totalizing models in linguistics: structuralism (primarily in Europe) and generative grammar (initially in the United States). Certain disciples of Chomsky became dissatisfied with autono­ mous syntax and later with generative semantics: they decided to break away from their mentor. Whereas Chomsky continued to talk a lot about very little, they defied him by speaking very suggestively about an exces­ sively broad range of phenomena. Pragmatics -which Bar-Hillel consid­ ered as a 'wastebasket discipline' in the fifties - nevertheless gained respectability. The history of pragmatics spans, of course, much more than three decades. The Stoic conception of language, in the shadow of the great Greek tradition and therefore intensely subversive, had in fact a pragmatic aim. The term pragmatisch appears in Kant: it expresses a relation with a human goal, this goal being only determinable within a community. This characterization naturally inspires the pragmaticism of l the Neo-Kantian Charles Sanders Peirce . It is this Kant-Peirce lineage that led to Morris and Carnap's rather bland conceptions of pragmatics, after the heavy losses incurred by positivism and behaviorism. In any case, despite the constant presence of a pragmatic approach in the history of thought, this reassessment of pragmatics (against the triumphs proclaimed by structuralism and generativism) was experienced as a Significant break­ through. A whole range of pragmatics came to the attention of linguists.

Introduction: Aestheticizing Pragmatics
The Gamut of Pragmatics
Homo Economicus and Homo Sociologicus
Antilope, Albertine and Penelope: Three Little Ontologies
Modus Logicus and Modus Aestheticus
Strategic Rationality
Philia and Eris
Calculus and Manipulation
The Art of War or Kriegskunst
Games of Society and Games of Culture
Time, that Great Sculptor
Saying Time
Sensing Time
Remembering Time
Epilogue: Suffering Time
Abductive Understanding
Intuition
Presumption
Habit
Sensibility
Reasonable Pathos. Prolegomena: The Discursive Economy of Pathos
The Regulation of Emotions
The Logic of Sentiments
The Reasons of Passions
The Reasons for Desiring Passions
The Sublime and the Ambiance of Seduction
Hypostasis and Critique of the Sublime
The Schema of Aesthetic Values
The (Sublime) Ambiance of Seduction
The Attitude of Good Taste
Understanding the Acceptable
Desiring the Obligatory
The Royal Way
Communicating through Aisthesis
The Pursuit and Crisis of Foundations
The Argumentative and Communicative Community
The Affective Community
Socializing the Sensible, Sensibilizing the Social
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ISBN: 9780792321989
ISBN-10: 0792321987
Series: Nijhoff International Philosophy Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 174
Published: 30th April 1993
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.44