FRANCOPHONIE ET INTER-DISCIPLINARITÉ : ÉLÉMENTS D’UNE RÉFLEXION ÉPISTÉMOLOGIQUE

Posted On Oct 18 2011 by

Cet article vise à analyser quelques-uns des problèmes que rencontre le domaine des « études francophones » qui tendent à se polariser autour de l’événement colonial, qui n’est pourtant que l’un des aspects de la francophonie. Il propose donc une rupture épistémologique qui devrait conduire à une meilleure prise en compte de l’historicité des littératures en français.


RECEIVING, ANALYSING AND INTERPRETING THE POST-MODERN ARTISTIC DISCOURSE

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The artistic discourse (be it literary or pictorial), once produced, spread and addressed to the third component of the communication process (i.e. the receiver), invites or, occasionally, incites to some attitude, some re-action from those approaching it. The attitude in question could vary from impersonal to professional, according to the purposes the receivers have in view and / or the abilities they possess. Three types of perception might be manifest here: 1. receiving, which implies reading / listening / seeing as inexperienced or, at most, average receiver; 2. analysing, which means understanding the discourse co- and con-textually and processing the …


METAPHORS AS SIGNS: BETWEEN COGNITIVE ATTITUDES AND COGNITIVE STANDPOINTS

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

Our article aims at reporting on the study of three educational constructs: “teacher”, “learner”, “classroom”, which are treated by us as semiotic objects. In our study we assume a cognitive linguistics investigating perspective. We collect the data through the tool of metaphors. Adopting the approach and methods proposed within the framework of Lakoff and Johnson’s Conceptual Metaphor Theory, we are going to access metaphorical representations of the cognitive model of education from 3 groups of Polish respondents: students from three Polish regions studying in extramural BA or MA programmes for English teachers. It should be added that although our respondents …


LINGUISTIC PROPERTIES OF ENGLISH HUMAN-RELATED CONVENTIONAL SIMILES

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

In the light of theories from different fields of linguistics (etymology, lexicology, cognitive linguistics and semantics), as well as from rhetoric and stylistics, similes can be approached either as phrasemes (with literal or metaphorical meanings) or as tropes (whose usage is poetic and context-dependent). “Formulaic similes” (Veale & Hao, 2009), “stock similes” (Norrick, 1986), as well as “non-poetic similes” (Fishelov, 2007), are all terms that may be used in reference to the category of conventional similes whose linguistic expression, patterns and semantic features we propose to analyse in our paper.


ENGLISH INFLUENCES IN THE PRESENT-DAY ROMANIAN

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

Our purpose is to bring into light the adaptation process of the English words into Romanian literary language. Thus, we choose some Anglicisms from Constantin Negruzzi’s Scrisori and Vasile Alecsandri’s Călătorie în Africa. De la Biaritz la Gibraltar. We try to reveal the manner in which these Anglicisms adapt into Romanian literary language from different perspectives: a) phonetical framing of the Anglicisms. We focus on the pronunciation, the spelling and the stress of the Anglicisms into Romanian literary language; b) morphological adaptation of the Anglicisms into Romanian; We point out general aspects concerning the grammatical categories of nouns, such as: …


GENTRIFICATION AS A RESULT OF GLOBALISATION

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

Smith and Williams defined gentrification as “the rehabilitation of working-class and derelict housing and the consequent transformation of an area into a middle-class neighbourhood”. Gentrification emphasized the effects of global economy on newly found sectors due to financial activities and international job transactions during 1980’s as a result of the radical changes in Turkish economy. There were new types of jobs especially in İstanbul in accordance with the demands of this new, globalized economy. To locate these jobs and the people working, places and housing stock are needed near the city center. However, the eligible areas were already occupied and …


LANGUAGE IN ACTION: SLANG

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

Starting from a series of examples from the English language, the paper deals with the development of modern slang, this picturesque “way of expression” so widely used in our ever developing fields of activity. Generally speaking, slang can be classified, according to the sphere of usage, in general slang (words that are not specific for any social or professional group) and special slang (words peculiar for some such groups as teenagers, university students). There is also a very interesting linguistic phenomenon known as rhyming slang, particularly common in British English, in fact a secret argot depending on rhyme as a …


TOWARDS A LOGICAL DE-CONSTRUCTION OF GRAMMAR

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

Any interpretation of language cannot escape the logical approach. The contrast between the logical perspective and the linguistic one should no longer exist, taking into account the existence of a rationalist grammar, supported by the transformational-generative syntax, thus the generative semantic suggested a natural logic of language. This paper deals with a postmodern grammar which has reshaped its ways of analysing words and sentences, trying to find a logical pattern, mainly based on a matter of meaning-related rules from Rudolph Carnap to Noam Chomsky.


ROMANIAN BILINGUAL MILITARY DICTIONARIES: A BRIEF HISTORY AND A PROJECT

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The paper aims at presenting a comprehensive timeline of Romanian lexicographic attempts at compiling bilingual dictionaries of military terms. This serves as a background for the project of a new English – Romanian dictionary of such lexical items. Details are given as to the database that will be used and the techniques implemented for building the monolingual and bilingual entries.


INTERNATIONAL MEDIATION AS AN ARGUMENTATIVE ACTIVITY TYPE

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The paper discusses mediation as one of the various activity types of argumentative practice, brought into view by van Eemeren and Houtlosser (2005). The mediator’s behaviour is determined by the context and circumstances of the dispute, that is, by the type of argumentative activity he is engaged in. It is considered that in mediation there are no fixed sets of rules and strategies, universally applicable to any environment or dispute, as mediation is viewed as a weakly institutionalised activity. Still, international mediation, as it unfolds between powerful representatives of states, and deals with cultural values, can be considered somewhere in …


THE ABORTION DEBATE AS A CONTEST OF INCOMMENSURABLE MORALITIES

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The paper is concerned with framing the abortion debate as a contest of “incommensurable moralities” (Zarefsky, 1991). I start from the empirical observation that both pro-life and pro-choice argumentative discourses do not meet the “higher-order” conditions stipulated in the ideal model of a critical discussion (van Eemeren, Grootendorst, Jackson and Jacobs, 1993) in the sense that disputants do not have the required attitude to resolve the disagreement at stake. The pro-life standpoint that Abortion is impermissible no matter the circumstances since the one eliminated is a human being is set against the pro-choice position that Abortion is permissible as the …


NEGOTIATION AS RITUAL

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The term negotiation is more and more frequently used nowadays not only in relation to commerce or economic activities, but also in many other domains. Irrespective of the area where the term negotiation appears, it is generally associated to the idea of conflict or to the one of adjusting the opinions of the persons involved. People negotiate every day and almost everywhere (in the family, at work, in the street, in a shop etc.), whenever they want to gain something or to solve differences of opinion. Not only material objects can be negotiated, but also relationships, meanings, identities. This explains …


PROVERBS: TERMINOLOGY AND POSSIBLE INTERPRETATIONS

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The idea is shared that all fixed expressions, proverbs included, are specific to a certain social, psychologic and cultural background which endows them with certain expressive values. Fixed espressions, in general, and proverbs, in particular, are culturally-or sitautionally-bound. The great variety of proverbs existing in any language brings to the fore a very important aspect, namely that proverbs are coded culturally and lexically and they are a phenomenon of discourse, not simply of lexicon.


BUILDING IDENTITIES IN CASUAL CONVERSATIONS – A PRAGMATIC APPROACH

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

Casual conversations represent the complex processes of individuals` positioning and adjusting to each other, triggering identity building, self disclosure and self-negotiation. Being based on a pragmatic approach, the paper offers the main coordinates of the intense and dynamic activity of building identities.


FOOD IDIOMS IN RELATION TO METAPHOR

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

This article aims to demonstrate how linguistic processes succeed in reflecting the transference of meaning from one object onto another with the help of the figurative language, as metaphor is traditionally taken to be the most fundamental form of it. Our interest is particularly focused on food idioms as they are pervasive in everyday language and create new realities. Idioms are conventionalized phrases, where the meaning of the whole phrase is different from the meaning, which might be produced by interpreting the individual words in the phrase; thus, the examples in our analysis are metaphorical, and the use of the …


JIMMY PORTER BETWEEN ACTIVE RHETORIC AND INACTIVE LIFE

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

What makes a play like Look Back in Anger permanently interesting and a neverending source of amazement at the level of the characters is the unique construction of the main character – Jimmy is an odd but valid mixture – and the manner in which the playwright builds his figure by using the other presences in the play as mere devices to outline his personality, satellites meant to orbit around his figure. It is for this reason that Jimmy is authentic in rendering the spirit of the age he inhabits, and that is why he could be analysed from so …


CONRAD AND (POST)COLONIAL THEORY

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

Criticizing colonialism and its main structures can be regarded as a kind of marginal activity when compared to mainstream issues of literary theory and cultural discourse because of the limited number of people with a particular interest in the geographical peripheries of metropolitan European culture. Yet, the long-term strategy of postcolonial thinking is to produce a revolutionary restructuring of European understanding of history. Opposing the critique of colonialism to European culture can prove to be unproductive but looking at the extent to which they are already deeply implicated within each other could turn out to be a really rewarding enterprise. …


DAVID LODGE AND THE FICTION OF TRUTH OR TEXTUALIZING CONSCIOUSNESS THROUGH FICTION

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

Assumptions and norms about factual narratives and fiction have drastically changed over the postmodern years that one encounters ‘life writing’ and the subjects it treats from a very different (and differing) reading position and set of experiences with the narrative, both written and visual. For a long time the most traditional genre of ‘life writing’, biography has shown a more receptive attitude to stylistic innovations turning into a hot and lucrative hybrid genre, i.e. biofiction and metabiography. Therein, varying in the extent to which these novels either raise awareness of the self-reflexivity of the writing, or metabiographically centre on the …


PARODY, DEMITIZATION AND INTERTEXTUALITY IN PETRU CIMPOEŞU’S NOVEL CHRISTINA DOMESTICA ŞI VÂNĂTORII DE SUFLETE (DOMESTIC CHRISTINE AND THE SOUL HUNTERS)

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

One of the distinctive signs of Postmodernist literature is the permanent effort of (de)constructing the text in such a way to please the reader’s great expectations, to manipulate him and, in some cases, even to mock at him. Yet, this goal is difficult to achieve and, thus, Postmodernist writers are frequently forced to reinterpret tradition, to deconstruct patterns of the literary tradition and to use all kinds of narrative strategies to seduce their readers. In this context, the present paper aims at analysing some important strategies and techniques (such as parody, intertextuality, de-construction) used by Petru Cimpoeşu in his well-known …


IDENTITY CONSTRUCTION IN AL. DIMA’S OPINION

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

Spirit with broad cultural interests, with a huge information about such domains like: literature, philosophy, esthetics, comparative literature, Alexandru Dima was always concerned about “Romanian phenomenon”, seen both in its entirety, as well as its specific identity. This man of culture has shown concern for spiritual, artistic and literary identity, of a society, which, after the First World War, tried to rebuild a new path. The future society was seen by him as belonging to “society of tomorrow”, which is just the young generation, educated, with concern for aesthetics, philosophy and literature and thinking, trying to build the future and …


CONSTANTIN GĂVĂNESCUL AND KUNITAKE KUME: IN SEARCH OF SELF AND OTHER IN A FOREIGN LAND – A COMPARISON BETWEEN THEIR TRAVEL DIARIES

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

A Japanese Historian – Kunitake Kume (1839 – 1931) and a Romanian officer – General Constantin Găvănescul (18871 – 1942) – travel far away from their homelands as official members of the embassies of their own countries. Kume and his companions from the Iwakura mission cross the Pacific Ocean in December 1871, and then they travel through the United States of America, finally reaching Western Europe. After their visits through twelve countries – the United States, Great Britain, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Austria and Switzerland – the Japanese Embassy came back to Japan in September 1873. …


THE MYTH AND THE PSYCHOANALYTICAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE CONCEPTUALIZATION OF THE VALUE IN ARCADIE SUCEVEANU’S WORK

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

Globalization – prevailing feature of our century – imposes a collaboration between different cultures. The selection of the individual in globalisation advantage is determined also by the promotion of an unification created of units, concepts, cultural values. The period of the myth’s appearance and its survival, its extension in different spaces offers some kind of mutations which don’t destroy the axis of its essence, although, sometimes we certify that its image is in opposition and transferred into reflection, having an authentic connotation. The connections which are elucidated in myth by the critique are: reality – dream, conscious – unconscious, personality …


EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY IDEOLOGY AND THE ROOTS OF PUBLIC OPINION IN ENGLAND

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The paper explores the role of the English periodical press of the eighteenth-century in aspects concerned with moral reformation, social instruction and cultural improvement in general. Analysing the impact of Richard Steele’s and Joseph Addison’s criticism on the society of the eighteenth-century England we can observe that the two inaugurated the emergence of public opinion but they also put forth general human rights, such as the liberty of expression. According to Jürgen Habermas the eighteenth-century English periodicals can account for the genesis of the bourgeois public sphere. But the dawn of public opinion also supported the formation of the eighteenth-century …


ASPECTS OF THE INTERIOR EXILE IN ALICE VOINESCU’S JOURNAL

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The paper intends to analyse the interior exile existing in Alice Voinescu’s work seen as form of spiritual survival in a tormented world (the period after the Second World War and that of the communist dictatorship). The phenomenon of interior exile deals with subversive writing, an argument of such way of expressing being her Journal that covers the history of 32 years. Alice Voinescu’s work is a sign decoded at different levels of interpretation: political ideas, social involvement, cultural contribution (her radio conferences and interdisciplinary writing), literary studies and so forth. Her idea of “liberation” unfolds the entire Journal and …


‘A LITTLE MORE THAN KIN AND LESS THAN KIND’: WORD-GHOSTS AND GHOST-WORDS IN HAMLET

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

This paper concentrates on taking into consideration some linguistic and stylistic aspects of this great Shakespearean tragedy in order to develop a poetic analysis meant to highlight the irreversible movement of meanings that finally leads to a tragic change of the whole world of the play. Repetitions that bring about new and disturbing layers of meaning, accumulations of dark energies, violent semantic eruptions, double meanings – all these give birth not only to a ghost that is made up of words, but, more interestingly, to words that behave like ghosts or even to words that are haunted by puzzling ghosts …


(MIS)EDUCATING THROUGH THE VICTORIAN SCHOOL

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The paper aims at identifying the main characteristics of the educational system in Victorian England with a view to deciphering its effects upon the human being. The 19th century English school will be analyzed as an educational institution whose purpose is that of shaping human minds, but also as a social, political tool intended to inculcate certain beliefs and stereotypical judgements. The markers of the 19th century educational discourse will be illustrated through fragments taken from 19th century English novels, particularly those written by Charles Dickens and the Brontë sisters.


THE CITY VERSUS THE SMALL TOWN (IN THE LAND OF COCKAIGNE VS. THE SMALL TOWN BY HEINRICH MANN)

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

At first sight the novel In the Land of Cockaigne seems to depict the life of an ordinary parvenu, but as in H. Mann’s other novel The Small Town the woman and her sexuality outlined the decadent society at the end of the 19th century. The eroticism of both spaces acts as a catalysor on all the inhabitants, and this open sexuality unveils people’s passionate nature and their desire to break all the social limitations. The desired object is always a woman, thus she gains importance in the context of the 19th century power relations and role-stereotypes. In both novels …


CONSTRUCTIVIST EPISTEMOLOGY AND THE SEMIOTIC NATURE OF IDENTITY FORMATION

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The focus of this paper is on the epistemological, i.e., ontological and gnoseological, assessment of constructivism seen from the viewpoint of its applicableness to the context of human identity. Types of constructivism, such as personal, social, and radical scientific constructivism, constitute here the subject matter. Likewise, types of identities, such as individual and collective or ego- and group-specific, considered against the background of biological and cultural, and other identities, create the investigative perspective of our presentation. Accordingly, its material source comprises a selection of theoretical and applied works on the scientific aspects of constructivism and human identity in an ordering …


“WEAK” SUBJECTIVITIES: IDENTITY FORMATION IN THE AGE OF GLOBALIZED COMMUNICATION

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

This paper presents Gianni Vattimo’s account of globalization as a radicalization of Martin Heidegger’s history of Being – which culminates in Enframing – in light of the question of the possibility of contemporary formations of subjectivity. It will be demonstrated that, according to Vattimo, subjectivity can no longer be simply understood via traditional notions of space and place, but rather has to be exposed as dwelling oscillating between provenance and disorientation.


ONLINE ADVERTISING AND THE ROMANIAN MEDIUM

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

Our current paper suggests a topic of present interest: online advertising. The Internet has lately become an indispensable, fast, interactive and, particularly largely accessible means of communication. The future of advertising depends to a great extent upon this medium of communication. Today, online advertising represents an increasing means of promotion on international and local markets. In Romania, several hundreds of online advertising campaigns take place annually. Therefore, we intend to present online advertising in Romania from the point of view of its necessity, but particularly from the point of view of the efficiency found within the Romanian business medium.


THE TERM “GOOD” AND THE REVIVAL OF VIRTUE ETHICS

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The aim of my paper is to propose an account of the contribution, often neglected, of Peter Geach to the revival of virtue ethics. In the first half of the 20th century, meta-ethics was the dominant approach in the British moral philosophy, four types of meta-ethical theories being advanced: intuitionism, emotivism, prescriptivism and naturalism. Each type of theory supported a different view on the meaning of the term good; the understanding of good as denoting a natural property, an idea defended by naturalists, was rejected by the supporters of the rival theories. Peter Geach in Good and Evil was the …


VALUES AND VALUATION AS DISCURSIVE MARKERS OF NATIONAL IDENTITY

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

Values and valuation are perceived to be discursive phenomena realised both on the level of the grammatical structure as well as on the level of lexical selection. Therefore, values and valuation are assumed to be present in every linguistic expression. Hence, it seems possible to apply investigative methods of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) in their study, as it is the CDA which views discourse as a collection of socially constructed values. The focus of the current paper is on the study of just one aspect that CDA investigates, namely that of values and valuation as markers of the national identity. …


VALUES AND VALUING OF INDIVIDUAL LIFE IN JOURNALISTIC DISCOURSE PERTAINING TO THE EUROPEAN UNION (ON THE BASIS OF SELECTED ARTICLES FROM THE BRITISH PRESS 2007–2008)

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The focus of this paper will concentrate on the discursive construction of personal identities through the participation of communicating individuals in interpersonal communication. Journalistic discourse, defined in terms of types of texts and text-processing activities embedded into social roles of communication participants and their culture, has been taken as the domain of research. Investigative perspective, namely, axiology, will be presented as a discipline being involved in searching for the essence of values. Having appealed to the value-related concepts of sign and meaning in general, the axiosemiotic approach will be applied to the objects belonging to the domain of journalistic study. …


THE INTRIGUING ICONIC SIGN

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The narrator in a text is the organizing other. Interpreting the narrator is therefore articulating an aspect of one’s identity. If an interpreter perceives a textual situation as non-mediated by a narrator, she perceives the situation as either objectively there, or as entirely a construct of her subjectivity, the modernistic split. In this paper, an argument is developed that the dominant narrative structures in our world of moving pictures show a strong iconic dominancy. This dominancy seduces the interpreter to neglect the indexical and symbolic in her interpretation, that is to neglect the relation with her experience and socialization, which …


ON THE SENSE OF IDENTITY BETWEEN RORTY’S NEOPRAGMATISM AND VON GLASERSFELD’S RADICAL CONSTRUCTIVISM

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

On the problem of identity one can read in numerous works of psychologists, sociologists, linguists, and philosophers. Quite safely, then, it can be stated that identity is talked about in multifarious terms that are to a lesser or greater extent complementary or contradictory. Having accepted the idea that what spurs the discourse in humanities is the versatility of perspectives, rather than the search for truth in the classical understanding, the authors would like to propose still another way of talking about the sense of identity – a way whose conceptual framework will be a merger of Richard Rorty’s notion of …


CONSTRUCTIVIST EPISTEMOLOGY AND THE SEMIOTIC NATURE OF IDENTITY FORMATION

Posted On Oct 14 2011 by

The focus of this paper is on the epistemological, i.e., ontological and gnoseological, assessment of constructivism seen from the viewpoint of its applicableness to the context of human identity. Types of constructivism, such as personal, social, and radical scientific constructivism, constitute here the subject matter. Likewise, types of identities, such as individual and collective or ego- and group-specific, considered against the background of biological and cultural, and other identities, create the investigative perspective of our presentation. Accordingly, its material source comprises a selection of theoretical and applied works on the scientific aspects of constructivism and human identity in an ordering …


“WEAK” SUBJECTIVITIES: IDENTITY FORMATION IN THE AGE OF GLOBALIZED COMMUNICATION

Posted On Oct 14 2011 by

This paper presents Gianni Vattimo’s account of globalization as a radicalization of Martin Heidegger’s history of Being – which culminates in Enframing – in light of the question of the possibility of contemporary formations of subjectivity. It will be demonstrated that, according to Vattimo, subjectivity can no longer be simply understood via traditional notions of space and place, but rather has to be exposed as dwelling oscillating between provenance and disorientation.


ONLINE ADVERTISING AND THE ROMANIAN MEDIUM

Posted On Oct 14 2011 by

Our current paper suggests a topic of present interest: online advertising. The Internet has lately become an indispensable, fast, interactive and, particularly largely accessible means of communication. The future of advertising depends to a great extent upon this medium of communication. Today, online advertising represents an increasing means of promotion on international and local markets. In Romania, several hundreds of online advertising campaigns take place annually. Therefore, we intend to present online advertising in Romania from the point of view of its necessity, but particularly from the point of view of the efficiency found within the Romanian business medium.


THE TERM “GOOD” AND THE REVIVAL OF VIRTUE ETHICS

Posted On Oct 14 2011 by

The aim of my paper is to propose an account of the contribution, often neglected, of Peter Geach to the revival of virtue ethics. In the first half of the 20th century, meta-ethics was the dominant approach in the British moral philosophy, four types of meta-ethical theories being advanced: intuitionism, emotivism, prescriptivism and naturalism. Each type of theory supported a different view on the meaning of the term good; the understanding of good as denoting a natural property, an idea defended by naturalists, was rejected by the supporters of the rival theories. Peter Geach in Good and Evil was the …


VALUES AND VALUATION AS DISCURSIVE MARKERS OF NATIONAL IDENTITY

Posted On Oct 14 2011 by

Values and valuation are perceived to be discursive phenomena realised both on the level of the grammatical structure as well as on the level of lexical selection. Therefore, values and valuation are assumed to be present in every linguistic expression. Hence, it seems possible to apply investigative methods of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) in their study, as it is the CDA which views discourse as a collection of socially constructed values. The focus of the current paper is on the study of just one aspect that CDA investigates, namely that of values and valuation as markers of the national identity. …


VALUES AND VALUING OF INDIVIDUAL LIFE IN JOURNALISTIC DISCOURSE PERTAINING TO THE EUROPEAN UNION (ON THE BASIS OF SELECTED ARTICLES FROM THE BRITISH PRESS 2007–2008)

Posted On Oct 14 2011 by

The focus of this paper will concentrate on the discursive construction of personal identities through the participation of communicating individuals in interpersonal communication. Journalistic discourse, defined in terms of types of texts and text-processing activities embedded into social roles of communication participants and their culture, has been taken as the domain of research. Investigative perspective, namely, axiology, will be presented as a discipline being involved in searching for the essence of values. Having appealed to the value-related concepts of sign and meaning in general, the axiosemiotic approach will be applied to the objects belonging to the domain of journalistic study. …


THE INTRIGUING ICONIC SIGN

Posted On Oct 14 2011 by

The narrator in a text is the organizing other. Interpreting the narrator is therefore articulating an aspect of one’s identity. If an interpreter perceives a textual situation as non-mediated by a narrator, she perceives the situation as either objectively there, or as entirely a construct of her subjectivity, the modernistic split. In this paper, an argument is developed that the dominant narrative structures in our world of moving pictures show a strong iconic dominancy. This dominancy seduces the interpreter to neglect the indexical and symbolic in her interpretation, that is to neglect the relation with her experience and socialization, which …


ON THE SENSE OF IDENTITY BETWEEN RORTY’S NEOPRAGMATISM AND VON GLASERSFELD’S RADICAL CONSTRUCTIVISM

Posted On Oct 14 2011 by

On the problem of identity one can read in numerous works of psychologists, sociologists, linguists, and philosophers. Quite safely, then, it can be stated that identity is talked about in multifarious terms that are to a lesser or greater extent complementary or contradictory. Having accepted the idea that what spurs the discourse in humanities is the versatility of perspectives, rather than the search for truth in the classical understanding, the authors would like to propose still another way of talking about the sense of identity – a way whose conceptual framework will be a merger of Richard Rorty’s notion of …