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Silence, as poets and thinkers in every age have realized, is not the mere absence of something else. It is a complex, positive phenomenon that occurs in language, in music, and in mime. Bernard P. Dauenhauer offers an original, comprehensive, and explicitly phenomenological analysis of silence in all its aspects. In the first part of the study the author describes the various kinds of silence, explores the relationship of silence to different types of discourse (political, artistic, moral, religious, and technological), and presents an intentional analysis, delimiting the essential characteristics of silence. Testing his insights against the thought of other philosophers who have considered the meaning of silence—notably Heidegger, Hegel, Husserl, Sartre, Derrida. and Merleau-Ponty—Dauenhauer, in the second part of the book, constructs an ontological interpretation of the significance of silence. The synthesis that emerges demonstrates the complexity of silence and its important role in a broadly conceived philosophy of language.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
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  1. Editorial Information
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Preface
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  1. Part I. The Phenomenon of Silence
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  1. 1. The Phenomenon of Silence—First Approximations
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  1. 2. Types of Discourse and Silence
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  1. 3. An Intentional Analysis of Silence
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  1. Part II. The Ontologicai Significance of Silence
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  1. 4. Some Salvageable Mis-takings of Silence
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  1. 5. Some Appreciative Attendings to Silence
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  1. 6. The Ontological Significance of the Phenomenon of Silence
  2. pp. 140-175
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  1. 7. Further Justification of the Proposed Ontological Interpretation of Silence
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  1. Notes
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