Practices of Truth

An ethnomethodological inquiry into Arab contexts

| Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
ISBN 9789027256171 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027284655 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
The claim of this book is that truth is a matter of language games and practical achievements: it is a “member phenomenon”. To document this statement, it proceeds to the investigation of instances of truth-related practices in various Arab contexts. Bearing on the constitution of actions and events, on what is factual or objective, on predictability, consequentiality, intentionality, causality, and on the many ways people orient to them, such a varied set of questions appears thoroughly moral. The praxeological respecification this book undertakes leads to important considerations regarding the question of morality in ordinary reasoning, and the categories and categorizations on which that morality is based: moral values are publicly available; morality has a modal logic; moral values and conventions have an open texture; objectivity is a practical achievement carried out by members of society; the moral order is an omnipresent, constitutive characteristic of social practice.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 214]  2011.  xiv, 173 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“It is a fine book that will appeal to sociologists, anthropologists, and sociolinguists, as well as any social scientist interested in contemporary Islamic society.”
“This volume by Baudouin Dupret is immensely interesting and informative, and, more significantly, it is very original in not only its substantive areas of analysis, but, and here is the nub of its genuine originality, its focus upon a way of thinking about ethnomethodology which uses it as a way of describing the logic of recurrent social situations in many different contexts and circumstances. This is definitely a huge contribution. [...] A really illuminating piece of scholarship. We are truly fortunate to have this level of work addressed to issues in our field.”
“Baudouin Dupret’s book brings together a fascinating series of studies dealing with a diversity of settings and cases. Their conceptual link lies in the situated practices for managing and establishing truth. The book raises several interesting challenges. [...] These challenges make the book very stimulating. If it is not sure that truth always represents the core issue of all of the practices studied, it is sure that the book offers an important development of the ethnomethodological perspective on key contemporary topics such as the establishment, contestation, reproduction of norms, standards, values, identity, normality, morality and truth.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2011030027 | Marc record