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Media of Reason: A Theory of Rationality

Matthias Vogel

Abstract

This book challenges the belief, dominant in contemporary philosophy, that reason is determined solely by our discursive, linguistic abilities as communicative beings. In this view, the medium of language is not the only force of reason. Music, art, and other nonlinguistic forms of communication and understanding are also significant. Introducing an expansive theory of mind that accounts for highly sophisticated, penetrative media, the book advances a novel conception of rationality while freeing philosophy from its exclusive attachment to linguistics. The book's media of reason treats all kin ... More

Keywords: reason, knowledge, thinking, prelinguistic dimension, linguistic dimension, Jürgen Habermas, Donald Davidson, Marshall McLuhan, media theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780231150583
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231150583.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthias Vogel, author
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat

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