Speaking into the Air A History of the Idea of Communication

ISBN-10: 0226662772
ISBN-13: 9780226662770
Edition: 2000
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Description: Speaking into the Air traces the yearning for contact, not only through philosophy and literature, but also by exploring the cultural reception of communication technologies from the telegraph to the radio.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

Speaking into the Air traces the yearning for contact, not only through philosophy and literature, but also by exploring the cultural reception of communication technologies from the telegraph to the radio.

Introduction: The Problem of Communication
The Historicity of Communication
The Varied Senses of "Communication"
Sorting Theoretical Debates in (and via) the 1920s
Technical and Therapeutic Discourses after World War II
Dialogue and Dissemination
Dialogue and Eros in the Phaedrus
Dissemination in the Synoptic Gospels
History of an Error: The Spiritualist Tradition
Christian Sources
From Matter to Mind: "Communication" in the Seventeenth Century
Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism
Toward a More Robust Vision of spirit: Hegel, Marx, and Kierkegaard
Hegel on Recognition
Marx (versus Locke) on Money
Kierkegaard's Incognitos
Phantasms of the Living, Dialogues with the Dead
Recording and Transmission
Hermeneutics as Communication with the Dead
Dead Letters
The Quest for Authentic Connection, or Bridging the Chasm
The Interpersonal Walls of Idealism
Fraud or Contact? James on Psychical Research
Reach Out and Touch Someone: The Telephonic Uncanny
Radio: Broadcasting as Dissemination (and Dialogue)
Machines, Animals, and Aliens: Horizons of Incommunicability
The Turing Test and the Insuperability of Eros
Animals and Empathy with the Inhuman
Communication with Aliens
Conclusion: A Squeeze of the Hand
The Gaps of Which Communication Is Made
The Privilege of the Receiver
The Dark Side of Communication
The Irreducibility of Touch and Time
Extracts (Supplied by a Sub-sublibrarian)
Acknowledgments
Index

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