Chapter

Vocative

Adriaan T. Peperazak

in Thinking about Thinking

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780823240173
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240210 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823240173.003.0006
Vocative

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The many voices that reach us through calls, allocutions, letters, cards, texts, books, inscriptions, and so on inform us about a host of situations, events, relations, thoughts, and experiences, but they cannot reach us unless an implicit or explicit vocative assures their destination. If the voice is ignored, the speaker is saddened; the voice is bereft of its proper meaning by falling on deaf ears. Seduction is not successful unless it satisfies or awakens an interest in the listener. In a sense, the vocative does not contain any information; it only addresses. What kind of experience is expressed in a vocative that concentrates on someone's existence as such alone? It is addressed to someone as a simple affirmation or appreciative confirmation of the addressee's very existence as distinct but not separate from its concrete unfolding in an adventurous and historical life, which has its negative and positive, its happy and unhappy, its good and bad sides and events.

Keywords: vocative; voices; speaker; listener; experience; existence

Chapter.  3185 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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