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Philosophy, Method and Cultural Criticism

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Code: 978-1-61289-126-2

Title: Philosophy, Method and Cultural Criticism
Editor(s): Charlton McIlwain
Publish Date: July 2013
Pages: 352
Format: Cloth
From the birth of philosophy to the dawn of modern social science, the issue of method has been central to the task of acquiring knowledge about ourselves—our being in the world. At a time when empirical science dominates because of its utility, it is important to be reminded that philosophy and philosophical reflection also provide insight and “useful” knowledge about the contemporary social realm in which we live.

In this book are contributions from some of the most prominent thinkers and experts in philosophy-driven methods, such as phenomenology, hermeneutics, and semiotics. This international body of scholars discuss the issue of method itself, as well as bring those methods to bear on some of the most prominent issues of our time in the areas of media, culture and criticism.

Contents: Introduction. PART 2: THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF PHILOSOPHICAL METHODS. Hermeneutics: The World as Conversation, Eric M. Kramer. Segmented Organisms, Alphonso Lingis. Phenomenology and Marxism: A Critical Background to Cultural Studies, Joseph Pilotta. Phenomenology and Hermeneutics of Communication in Karl-Otto Apel’s Philosophy, Amós Nascimento. Montaigne’s Ethical Anthropology, John O’Neill. An Overview of Contemporary Issues in German Communication Theory and Praxis: The Question of Foundations, Algis Mickunas. Bakhtin’s Chronotope and Metaphoric Models in Hermeneutic Discourse, Tara L. Collington. PART II: APPLICATIONS OF PHILOSOPHICAL METHODS IN CULTURE & COMMUNICATION RESEARCH. Consciousness in Transition, Algis Mickunas. Atomization and Communication Anxiety, David Worth. Project: Function and Error in Media Research, Stephanie Hemelryk Donald and Ingrid Richardson. Film as Transformative Play in the Art of Tracey Moffatt, Catherine Summerhays. Environmental Protection Agency Consultations with Indian Tribes: An Intercultural Struggle Over the Process of “Consent”, Denise L. Scannell. PART III: USING PHILOSOPHICAL METHODS TO EXAMINE THE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 ATTACKS. Individuals in a Globalized World, Alphonso Lingis. Following the Flag: Journalism and the Problem of Patriotism, Robert Jensen. September 11 and the Memory of Media, Damian P. Sutton. The Post 9-11 Conflation of Consumption and Loyalty: A Hermeneutic Analysis of Patriotism, Tim Doty. Aesthetics and the Body: Renewing the Horizon of “Other” Women, Rosanna Vitale. Contributors. Author Index. Subject Index.

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