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LINGUIST List 24.473

Fri Jan 25 2013

Books: Agent, Person, Subject, Self: Kockelman

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 23-Jan-2013
From: Zach Borenstein <zach.borensteinoup.com>
Subject: Agent, Person, Subject, Self: Kockelman
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Title: Agent, Person, Subject, Self
Subtitle: A Theory of Ontology, Interaction, and Infrastructure
Published: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Book URL: http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Philosophy/Mind/?view=usa&ci=9780199926985

Author: Paul Kockelman
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199926985 Pages: 256 Price: U.S. $ 74.00
Abstract:

This book offers both a naturalistic and critical theory of signs, minds, and meaning-in-the-world. It provides a reconstructive rather than deconstructive theory of the individual, one which both analytically separates and theoretically synthesizes a range of faculties that are often confused and conflated: agency (understood as a causal capacity), subjectivity (understood as a representational capacity), selfhood (understood as a reflexive capacity), and personhood (understood as a sociopolitical capacity attendant on being an agent, subject, or self). It argues that these facilities are best understood from a semiotic stance that supersedes the usual intentional stance. And, in so doing, it offers a pragmatism-grounded approach to meaning and mediation that is general enough to account for processes that are as embodied and embedded as they are articulated and enminded. In particular, while this theory is focused on human-specific modes of meaning, it also offers a general theory of meaning, such that the agents, subjects and selves in question need not always, or even usually, map onto persons. And while this theory foregrounds agents, persons, subjects and selves, it does this by theorizing processes that often remain in the background of such (often erroneously) individuated figures: ontologies (akin to culture, but generalized across agentive collectivities), interaction (not only between people, but also between people and things, and anything outside or in-between), and infrastructure (akin to context, but generalized to include mediation at any degree of remove).

Linguistic Field(s): Neurolinguistics
                            Psycholinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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