Synopses & Reviews
Evoking Pandora and Occam as metaphoric corner posts in an argument about language as discourse, Horst Ruthrof brings analytic philosophy to bear on issues of Continental philosophy, with attention to linguistic, semiological, and semiotic concerns. In Ruthrof's analysis, Pandora and Occam illustrate the opposition between the suppressed rich materiality of culturally saturated discourse and the stark ideality of formal sign systems.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-245) and index.
About the Author
HORST RUTHROF is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. He is author of The Reader's Construction of Narrative.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Pandora and Occam: Two Stories
I. The Directionality of Meaning
II. The Rape of Autumn or the Rich and Fuzzy Life of Meanings
III. The Modalities of the "Kunstlerroman"
IV. Literature and Husserl: A Critique of Noematic Meaning
V. Meaning as Sense and Derrida's Critique of the Concept
VI. The Limits of Langue
VII. Phrases in Dispute: Toward a Semiotic Differend
VIII. A Striptease of Meaning on the Ladder of Discourse
IX. Hypocrisis or Reading as Feigning
X. The Fictions of Political Discourse and the Politics of Reading
Conclusion: Pandora, Occam, and the Post-Humanist Subject