Controversies and Subjectivity

| Italian Culture Institute in London, University of Pisa
| Tel Aviv University
ISBN 9789027218810 (Eur) | EUR 125.00
ISBN 9781588116154 (USA) | USD 188.00
ISBN 9789027294258 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
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.

[Controversies, 1]  2005.  x, 411 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Part I: Discussing with oneself
1. Debating with myself and debating with others
Marcelo Dascal †
2. Being in accordance with oneself: Moral self-controversy in Plato and Aristotle
Peter J. Schulz
3. Conversion and controversy
Massimo Leone
4. Controversies and the logic of scientific discovery
Ademar Ferreira
5. Controversies and dialogic intersubjectivity
Frédéric Cossutta
6. Disagreement, self-agreement, and self-deception
Shai Frogel
Part II: The first person
7. Intersubjectivity in controversy: A story from the Taoist philosopher Zhuangzi
Han-liang Chang
8. Subjectivist and objectivist interpretations of controversy-based thought
Adelino Cattani
9. Temporality, reification and subjectivity: Carneades and the foundations of the world of subjectivity
Mihály Szivós
10. First person singular in 17th century controversies
Gerd Fritz
11. Subjective justifications: Introspective arguments in empiricism
Daniel Mishori
12. Early modern controversies and theories of controversy: The rules of the game and the role of the persons
Thomas Gloning
13. Externalism, internalism, and self-knowledge
Yaron M. Senderowicz
Part III: The politics of subjectivity
14. Liberals vs. communitarians on the self
Pierluigi Barrotta
15. Ethical implications of de-dichotomization of identities in conflict
Omar Barghouti
16. The role of subjectivity in public controversy
Alan G. Gross
17. The Sokal affair: The role of subjectivity in shaping the controversy
León Olivé
18. Archaic subjectivity and/as controversy in psychoanalytic thinking
Shirley Sharon-Zisser
The contributors to this volume
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Barrotta, Pierluigi
2009. The pursuit of unhappiness. The elusive psychology of well-being, Daniel M. Haybron. Oxford University Press, 2008, xv + 357 pages.. Economics and Philosophy 25:3  pp. 378 ff. Crossref logo
Bondi, Marina
2018.  In From Pragmatics to Dialogue [Dialogue Studies, 31],  pp. 137 ff. Crossref logo
I-wen Su, Lily
2009. Review of Dascal & Chang (2007): Traditions of Controversy. Pragmatics & Cognition 17:2  pp. 458 ff. Crossref logo
Sariel, Aviram
2016. Marcelo Dascal’s Theory of Controversies. Pragmatics & Cognition 23:3  pp. 437 ff. Crossref logo

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