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This books ushers in a new way of talking about social phenomena. It develops an ontology of social objects on the basis of the claim that registration or inscription--the leaving of a trace to be called up later--is what is most fundamental to them. In doing so, it systematically organizes concepts and theories that Ferraris's predecessors--most notably Derrida, in his project of a positive grammatology--left in an impressionistic state.

Ferraris begins by redefining ontology as a way of cataloguing the world. Before any epistemology can discuss the validity of scientific or nonscientific judgments, one faces a collection of objects, be they natural, ideal, or social. Among these, Ferraris focuses on social objects, elaborating a theory of experience in the social world that leads him to define social objects as "inscribed acts." He then uses this notion to interpret social phenomena, also in light of a systematic discussion of the concept of performatives, from Austin to Derrida and Searle.

Moving into considerations of the present technological revolution, Ferraris develops a "symptomatology of the document" that leads to a consideration of legal systems, finding in them original applications for his theory that an object equals a written act.

Written in an easy, often witty style, Documentality revises Foucault's late concept of the "ontology of actuality" into the project of an "ontological laboratory," thereby reinventing philosophy as a pragmatic activity that is directly applicable to our everyday life.

About the Author

Maurizio Ferraris is Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Turin. He is the co-author, with Jacques Derrida, of A Taste for the Secret.

Richard Davies teaches Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Bergamo. His research interests are in logic and the history of philosophy.

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ISBN:
9780823249695
Author:
Ferraris, Maurizio. Trans. By Richard Davies.
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Author:
Davies, Richard
Author:
Ferraris, Maurizio
Subject:
Pragmatism
Subject:
Philosophy | Pragmatism
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
6 x 9 x 1 in 1.15 lb

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History and Social Science » Sociology » Media
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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