David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Johns Hopkins University Press (2005)
In Body and Story Richard Terdiman explores the tension between what seem two fundamentally different ways of understanding the world: as physical reality and as representation in language. In demonstrating the complicated relationship between these two perspectives, he also offers a new approach to the problem of conflicts between irreconcilable but equally compelling theoretical ideas. Enlightenment rationalism is most often understood as maintaining that words can meaningfully refer to and grasp things in the material world, while Postmodernism famously argues that nothing exists outside of language. Terdiman challenges this clean distinction, finding the early seeds of Postmodern doubt in the Enlightenment, and demonstrating the stubborn resistance of material reality -- particularly that of the body -- to language even today. Building on readings of works by 18th-century encyclopedist Denis Diderot and contemporary philosopher-icon Jacques Derrida, Terdiman argues that despite their genuine and profound opposition, a constant negotiation or mutual interrogation has always been taking place between these two world-views, even as the balance at times shifts to one side or the other. In analyzing these shifts he proposes a new model for understanding how seemingly unabridgeable theories legitimately coexist in our intellectual conception of the world, and he suggests a new ethics for managing this coexistence.
|Keywords||Theory (Philosophy Postmodernism Enlightenment Language and languages Philosophy Reality|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
|Buy the book||$14.40 used (75% off) $19.99 new (26% off) $24.30 direct from Amazon (10% off) Amazon page|
|Call number||B842.T47 2005|
|ISBN(s)||0801885434 0801880688 9780801880681 9780801885433|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Pieter Meurs (2011). The Bodily Excess of a Worldview: Beyond a Theoretical Account of the World. In D. Aerts, B. D'Hooghe & N. Note (eds.), Worldviews, Science and Us: Bridging Knowledge and Its Implications for Our Perspectives of the World. World Scientific.
Ann Garry & Marilyn Pearsall (eds.) (1996). Women, Knowledge, and Reality: Explorations in Feminist Philosophy, 2nd Ed. Routledge.
Jonathan Loesberg (2005). A Return to Aesthetics: Autonomy, Indifference, and Postmodernism. Stanford University Press.
Valerie Malhotra Bentz & Wade Kenny (1997). "Body-as-World": Kenneth Burke's Answer to the Postmodernist Charges Against Sociology. Sociological Theory 15 (1):81-96.
Ulrich Ricken (1994). Linguistics, Anthropology, and Philosophy in the French Enlightenment: Language Theory and Ideology. Routledge.
Hannah Dawson (2007). Locke, Language, and Early-Modern Philosophy. Cambridge University Press.
Georg Kühlewind (1992). The Logos-Structure of the World: Language as a Model of Reality. Lindisfarne Press.
Sue M. Patterson (1999). Realist Christian Theology in a Postmodern Age. Cambridge University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads4 ( #195,487 of 1,004,692 )
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?