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On the Other: Dialogue and/or Dialectics

Scharlemann, Robert P. (Ed.).

 "The present volume of essays, which centers on Mark C. Taylor's Paralectics, is occasioned by a question connected with the practice of conversation. In its most pointed form, it is the question of how (or whether) one can bring into a conversation someone whose being other seems to preclude that very possibility. Are there such other ones at all? Or are we entitled to assume that all human beings, and all things that in any way "speak," have enough in common to engage in a conversation about a theme? Taylor's essay raises the question in connection with Richard Rorty's philosophical hermeneutics. It asks whether Rorty's conception of dialogue is capable of taking adequate account of the other's being other. Rorty's own, spirited reply may be read either as an exhibition of the very problem Taylor's critique raises or as rejecting it" (p. 2). In addition to Scharlemann's Introduction, the book includes "Paralectics" by Mark C. Taylor, "Dif/ference and Its Disguises" by Roy Wagner, "The Politics of Difference" by M.E. Brint, and "Comments on Taylor's 'Paralectics' " by Richard Rorty.
Publisher Information:Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1991. 78p. Chap. bibl
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