Uncertainty and Communication: New Theoretical by Colin B. Grant (auth.)

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Admittedly, the loose association of the concepts intersubjectivity, mutuality, shared knowledge and understanding may be politically attractive in the name of inclusionary politiCS, but too often such theoretical models dissolve into normative intuition. As a result, where the monological approach is rightly criticized for its simplifications, the dialogical model proposed in its place is oversimplified on a series of cognitive and communicative grounds and its core concepts dialogism, intersubjectivity, reciprocity - are easily reified: The speaker is assigned the status of interpretive authority when it comes to the meaning of his/her own utterances.

Waismann's Mathematical Thinking and its reflections on arbitrary orders and the 'loose texture' of language are foundational here. Unlike conventional accounts of vagueness, however, which stress that there is always a distinction between truth and falsehood, the semiotically enriched vagueness concept proposed transfers this distinction to the level of social function. By contrast, Wright and Rosenkranz have more recently moved the debate towards uncertain logics, or multivalent/many-valued logics.

Indeed, Mead himself (1913: 377) offered a radical insight into the contingencies of the self in communication where the self is 'a fusion of the remembered actor and this accompanying chorus' of others in society. This chorus is less harmonic than cacophonous, however and indeed Mead describes it (1913: 378) as 'different voices in conflict with each other' (Mead, 1913: 379-80). Although Bakhtin proceeds from a phenomenologically informed theory (the early Husserl is a 'key influence') of what could be termed utterance relations, his attention to the multiplicity of voices (vyskazyvanie) challenges a view of communication based on rationality, stressing the importance of the event and not the 'fusing of consciousness' (d.

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