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Title: Controversies and Subjectivity
Edited By: Pierluigi Barrotta
Marcelo Dascal
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CVS%201
Series Title: Controversies 1

This collective volume focuses on two closely connected issues whose common
denominator is the embattled notion of the subject.

The first concerns the controversies on the nature of the subject and
related notions, such as the concepts of 'I' and 'self'. From both
theoretical and historical viewpoints, several of the contributors show how
different and incompatible perspectives on the subject can help us
understand today's world, its habits, style, power relations, and
attitudes. For this purpose, use is made of insights in a broad range of
disciplines, such as sociology, psychoanalysis, pragmatics, intellectual
history, and anthropology. This interdisciplinary approach helps to clarify
the multifaceted character of the subject and the role it plays nowadays as
well as over the centuries.

The second issue concerns the subject in inter-personal as well as in
intra-personal controversies. The enquiry here focuses on the ways in which
different aspects of the subject and subjective differences affect the
conduct, content, and rationality of controversies with others as well as
within oneself on a variety of topics. Among such aspects, the contributors
analyse the subject's emotions, cognitive states, argumentative practices,
and individual and collective identity. The interaction between the two
issues, the controversies on the subject and the subject of controversies,
sheds new light on the debate on modernity and its alleged crisis.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1–29
Part I: Discussing with oneself
1. Debating with myself and debating with others
Marcelo Dascal 33–73
2. Being in accordance with oneself: Moral self-controversy in Plato and
Peter Schulz 75–90
3. Conversion and controversy
Massimo Leone 91–114
4. Controversies and the logic of scientific discovery
Ademar Ferreira 115–125
5. Controversies and dialogic intersubjectivity
Frédéric Cossutta 127–156
6. Disagreement, self-agreement, and self-deception
Shai Frogel 157–169
Part II: The first person
7. Intersubjectivity in controversy: A story from the Taoist philosopher
Zhuangzi Han-liang Chang 173–184
8. Subjectivist and objectivist interpretations of controversy-based thought
Adelino Cattani 185–200
9. Temporality, reification and subjectivity: Carneades and the foundations
of the world of subjectivity
Mihály Szivós 201–234
10. First person singular in 17th century controversies
Gerd Fritz 235–250
11. Subjective justifications: Introspective arguments in empiricism
Daniel Mishori 251–262
12. Early modern controversies and theories of controversy: The rules of
the game and the role of the persons
Thomas Gloning 263–281
13. Externalism, internalism, and self-knowledge
Yaron Senderowicz 283–300
Part III: The politics of subjectivity
14. Liberals vs. communitarians on the self
Pierluigi Barrotta 303–324
15. Ethical implications of de-dichotomization of identities in conflict
Omar Barghouti 325–336
16. The role of subjectivity in public controversy
Alan G. Gross 337–352
17. The Sokal affair: The role of subjectivity in shaping the controversy
León Olivé 353–370
18. Archaic subjectivity and/as controversy in psychoanalytic thinking
Shirley Sharon-Zisser 371–393
The contributors to this volume 395–399
Indexes 401–411

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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ISBN: 9027218811
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