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Explorations in the Grammar of “Being in Touch”: From Locke to Winch, from SMS to Skype

Richard H. R. Harper

in Philosophy of Emerging Media

Published in print November 2015 | ISBN: 9780190260743
Published online March 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190277772 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190260743.003.0022
Explorations in the Grammar of “Being in Touch”: From Locke to Winch, from SMS to Skype

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This chapter reflects on various ways that the act of communication between persons has been treated in the social sciences and humanities. There is a distinction between a concern for acts as intelligible to those who engage in them and those perspectives that seek to offer views that somehow contrast the frameworks and reflexive practices constitutive of this intelligibility. Whatever the value of these contrastive views, a concern for the frameworks of intelligibility and their reflexive organization is the proper basis for identifying why and with what ends people communicate. The chapter illustrates this argument with explorations and a discussion of why people “Skype.”

Keywords: John Locke; Peter Winch; interpersonal communication; video conferencing

Chapter.  5363 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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