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The Other Side of Language: A Philosophy of Listening

The Other Side of Language: A Philosophy of Listening
Author: Gemma Corradi Fiumara
ISBN 13: 9780415049276
ISBN 10: 41504927
Edition: Revised ed.
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 1995-12-20
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $51.95

Our philosophy is grounded in only half a language, in which the power of discourse is deployed whilst the strength of listening is ignored. We inhabit a culture that knows how to speak but not how to listen; so we mistake warring monologues for genuine dialogue.

Western philosophies have consistently endowed expressive language with the power of communication, reducing the unspeaking, non-expressive Other to a void.

In this remarkable book, Gemma Corradi Fiumara redresses the balance by looking at the other side of language--listening. Synthesizing the insights of Wittgenstein, Heidegger and Gadamer, among many others, she puts forward a powerful argument for the replacement of "silent" silence of Western thought with the rich openness of an authentic listening.


Corradi Fiumara (philosophy, Third University of Rome) synthesizes the work of Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and Gadamer among others to argue for the replacement of warring monologues with genuine dialogue, and the type of listening which necessarily accompanies it. Originally published in 1990. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)