Speaking from Elsewhere

A New Contextualist Perspective on Meaning, Identity, and Discursive Agency

José Medina
eISBN-13: 9780791480953

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In Speaking from Elsewhere, author JoseΠMedina argues for the critical and transformative power of speech from marginalized locations by articulating a contextualist view of meaning, identity, and agency. This contextualism draws from different philosophical traditions (Wittgenstein, pragmatism, and feminist theory) and crosses disciplinary boundaries (philosophy, cultural studies, women's studies, and sociology) to underscore both the diversity of voices and viewpoints and the openness of discursive contexts and practices. Expressing a robust notion of discursive responsibility, Medina contends that, as speakers and members of linguistic communities, we cannot elude the obligation to open up discursive spaces for new voices and to facilitate new dialogues that break silences and empower marginalized voices.

ISBNs 9780791480953, 079148095X, 9780791469163
Language English