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The Other Side of Language
A Philosophy of Listening

ISBN 9780415049276
Published December 18, 1995 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

We are inhabitants of a culture that knows how to speak but not how to listen. Against a tradition that has endorsed the power of discourse, where warring monologues are mistaken for genuine dialogue, Gemma Corradi Fiumara examines and reveals the other side of language - listening.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Towards a fuller understanding of logos; Chapter 2 The logocentric system of culture; Chapter 3 A philosophy of listening within a tradition of questioning; Chapter 4 The power of discourse and the strength of listening; Chapter 5 Listening to philosophical tradition; Chapter 6 The philosophical problem of benumbment; Chapter 7 Silence and listening; Chapter 8 Dialogic interaction and listening; Chapter 9 On inner listening; Chapter 10 Midwifery and philosophy; Chapter 11 Paths of listening; Chapter 12 The philosophy of listening: an evolutionary approach; Notes; Bibliography Index; Name Index;

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Gemma Corradi Fiumara took her B.A. degree at Barnard College of Columbia University where she studied as a Fulbright scholar. She is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Third University of Rome and a full member of the International Psychoanalytical Association. She is the author of Philosophy and Coexistence, The Symbolic Function: Psychoanalysis and the Philosophy of Language, and most recently The Metaphoric Process: Connections between Language and Life (Routledge, 1995).


'The delicate but ... very sure-footed sensibility and psychological penetration of the author ... wins from a thoroughly rigorous philosophical analysis a host of ideas and suggestions for a philosophy of life and even for psychology itself - a rare combination.' - Brian McGuinness

'This vast project shows a rare mastery in the domain of linguistic philosophy and especially in the area of encounter between analytic philosophy and hermeneutics.' - Paul Ricoeur