The Role of Speech and Writing in Philosophy

Term: Spring 2009

Subject Code: GPHI

Course Number: 6615

Philosophy originates in and is practiced as a live conversation concerning various topics. Yet, it always involves producing written texts and often construes itself as an ongoing interpretation and discussion of the extant texts from its own tradition. In this seminar, we will discuss various attempts at realizing and establishing a relation between oral speech and writing in the philosophy and philosophizing in the works of Hesiod, Plato, Milman Parry, A. B. Lord, E. A. Havelock, W. J. Ong, R. Rorty, J. Derrida, and H. White.

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