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Between You and I

Dialogical Phenomenology

Beata Stawarska

Publication Year: 2009

Classical phenomenology has suffered from an individualist bias and a neglect of the communicative structure of experience, especially the phenomenological importance of the addressee, the inseparability of I and You, and the nature of the alternation between them. Beata Stawarska remedies this neglect by bringing relevant contributions from cognate empirical disciplines—
such as sociolinguistics and developmental psychology, as well as the dialogic tradition in philosophy—to bear on phenomenological inquiry. Taken together, these contributions substantiate an alternative view of primary I-You connectedness and help foreground the dialogic dimension of both prediscursive and discursive experience. Between You and I suggests that phenomenology is best practiced in a dialogical engagement with other disciplines.

Published by: Ohio University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. ix-xi

My objective in this book is to reexamine the attachment to an egocentric tradition in classical phenomenology and to propose an alternative polycentric view, supported by renewed phenomenological reflection as well as relevant contributions from cognate empirical disciplines and the dialogic tradition in philosophy. I contend that phenomenological approaches, however diverse...

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pp. xiii-xiv

I am grateful to colleagues and friends at the Department of Philosophy, the University of Oregon, for supporting my work in general, and this book in particular. I feel privileged to have found a scholarly home where thinking across disciplines is cherished, and contesting the canon graciously received. I would like to thank Scott Pratt for cheerful encouragement of my initial...

Part 1: Classical Phenomenology

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1. The Transcendental Tradition

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pp. 3-50

In his introduction to the notoriously difficult Star of Redemption, titled “The New Thinking,” Franz Rosenzweig (2000 [1925]) identifies three main epochs within the course of Western philosophy: cosmological antiquity, theological Middle Ages, and anthropological modernity. Each epoch can be best characterized by the kind of theoretical reduction it enacted: to the...

Part 2: The Multidiscipline of Dialogical Phenomenology

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2. Sociolinguistics

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pp. 53-88

In this chapter I turn to linguistics in view of spelling out the ordinary grammatical conception of personal pronouns with the aim of demonstrating the philosophical thesis of primary I–you connectedness. As will become apparent in the course of this discussion, linguistic contributions are not extrinsic to phenomenological accounts of sociality in terms of embodiment and...

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3. Developmental Perspectives

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pp. 89-134

In chapter 2, I discussed I-you connectedness from sociolinguistic and phenomenological perspectives. I focused especially on (inter)personal deixis, that is, the ways in which meaning is contextualized by the spatial and temporal context of utterance, which coinvolves the reversible speaker and addressee roles. Deixis in general and personal pronouns in particular are...

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4. Philosophy of Dialogue

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pp. 135-160

Some ideas impose themselves with a sense of urgency on more than one thinker, regardless of whether these thinkers know or influence one another directly. Such was the case with the dialogical principle of I–you connectedness that found expression, most famously, in the writings of Martin Buber, but also Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Ferdinand Ebner, Eugen...

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5. Buber and His Critics

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pp. 161-173

In this chapter, I propose to engage Buber in dialogue with some of his most eloquent critics, Rosenstock-Huessy and Levinas. Engaging Rosenstock- Huessy’s critique will help to appreciate the phenomenological character of Buber’s speech-based philosophy. Even more important however is it to engage Levinas’s influential but also tendentious and ultimately harmful...

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pp. 174-188

The studies conducted in this book have the explicit purpose of unsettling the egocentric tradition and proposing an alternative polycentric view, supported by renewed phenomenological description as well as the relevant contributions from sociolinguistics, developmental psychology, and the philosophy of dialogue. I challenge the individualist bias clearly apparent in the...


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pp. 189-192


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pp. 193-200


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pp. 201-206

E-ISBN-13: 9780821443163
Print-ISBN-13: 9780821418864

Publication Year: 2009