In contemporary debates, communication is variously invoked as a panacea for the problems of both democracy and love, as a dream of a new information society brought about by new technologies, and as a wistful ideal of human relations. How, and why, did communication come to shoulder the load it carries? In John Durham Peters's work, the teachings of Socrates and Jesus, the theology of Saint Augustine, the political philosophy of Locke, and the American tradition from Emerson through William James all become relevant for understanding communication in our age. Peters finds that thinkers across the centuries have struggled with the same questions - how we can hope for contact with others, what has become of human beings in increasingly technological times, how new modes of communication have altered the ways the world is imagined and how we relate to others - and he weaves intellectual history and communications history together. The book traces the yearning for contact not only through philosophy and literature but also by exploring the cultural reception of communication technologies from the telegraph to the radio. The history of communication, Peters shows, is not a triumphant progress toward global harmony but rather a collection of uncanny devices that conjure angels, spirits and alien intelligences. His is an account of a complex concept that has both shaped us and been shaped by us.
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Descripción University Of Chicago Press, 1999. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Introduction: The Problem of Communication The Historicity of Communication The Varied Senses of "Communication" Sorting Theoretical Debates in (and via) the 1920s Technical and Therapeutic Discourses after World War II 1. Dialogue and Dissemination Dialogue and Eros in the Phaedrus Dissemination in the Synoptic Gospels 2. History of an Error: The Spiritualist Tradition Christian Sources From Matter to Mind: "Communication" in the Seventeenth Century Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism 3. Toward a More Robust Vision of Spirit: Hegel, Marx, and Kierkegaard Hegel on Recognition Marx (versus Locke) on Money Kierkegaard's Incognitos 4. Phantasms of the Living, Dialogues with the Dead Recording and Transmission Hermeneutics as Communication with the Dead Dead Letters 5. The Quest for Authentic Connection, or Bridging the Chasm The Interpersonal Walls of Idealism Fraud or Contact? James on Psychical Research Reach Out and Touch Someone: The Telephonic Uncanny Radio: Broadcasting as Dissemination (and Dialogue) 6. Machines, Animals, and Aliens: Horizons of Incommunicability The Turing Test and the Insuperability of Eros Animals and Empathy with the Inhuman Communication with Aliens Conclusion: A Squeeze of the Hand The Gaps of Which Communication Is Made The Privilege of the Receiver The Dark Side of Communication The Irreducibility of Touch and Time Appendix: Extracts (Supplied by a Sub-sublibrarian) Acknowledgments Index. Nº de ref. de la librería ABE_book_new_0226662764