Ventriloquism and accountability

  • Barbara Fultner Department of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies, Denison University; Visiting Scholar (2015–16), Excellence Cluster for Normative Orders, Goethe Universität Frankfurt.
Keywords: ventriloquism, communicative action, intersubjectivity, accountability

Abstract

François Cooren’s ventriloquist pragmatism aims to do justice to the richness and complexity of communication and is informed by a wide range of communication theories. While I share Cooren’s pragmatist intuitions, I am less certain about his ventriloquist pragmatism (or pragmatist ventriloquism). I therefore ask, first, what we gain from the ventriloquism metaphor; and, second, how pragmatism serves as a meta-perspective and how ventriloquism facilitates a dialogue between the seven traditions of communication theory he identifies. Finally, I consider a Habermasian theory of communicative action as a possibly preferable alternative.

Author Biography

Barbara Fultner, Department of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies, Denison University; Visiting Scholar (2015–16), Excellence Cluster for Normative Orders, Goethe Universität Frankfurt.
Professor & Chair (Women's Studies) Department of Philosophy Specializes in: Philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, analytic and continental philosophy, semantic normativity, meaning and social practice, intersubjectivity in early childhood, convention and creativity in dialogue, women studies
Published
2016-05-06
How to Cite
Fultner, B. (2016). Ventriloquism and accountability. Language Under Discussion, 2(1), 58–64. https://doi.org/10.31885/lud.2.1.245