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Enlightening Mediation

John Guillory

in This Is Enlightenment

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780226761473
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226761466 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226761466.003.0002
Enlightening Mediation

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This chapter offers a philological genealogy of related terms—persuasion, communication, medium, media, mediation—in order to excavate a struggle that works through the whole (hidden) history of mediation: the tension, on the one hand, between the supposed purpose of communication (whether it be the use of rhetoric to persuade or the later ideal of transparent representation that overcomes the opacity of language) and, on the other, the diverse means by which information has been transmitted between sender and receiver by a medium, the media, or (most generally) mediations.

Keywords: philological genealogy; persuasion; communication; medium; media; mediation; history

Chapter.  12059 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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