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Communicability as ground of communicology: Impulses and impediments

Ruthrof, H. (1900) Communicability as ground of communicology: Impulses and impediments. In: Smith, A.R., Catt, I. and Klyukanov, I., (eds.) Communicology for the Human Sciences: Lanigan and the Philosophy of Communication. Peter Lang Publishing, pp. 71-92.

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My contribution to this Festschrift for Richard Lanigan argues communicability as the necessary ground of communicology. The chapter opens with a minimal definition of communicability conditions requiring at least: social reciprocity; the ontic heteronomy of consciousness; intentionality; aboutness and voice; introjection and intention-reading; imaginability as projection of mental scenarios; and an intersubjective mentalism as methodological precondition. On this baseline of communicology, I address a series of impediments in the way of Lanigan's project. I identify such hurdles to human communicology as Frege's collapsing natural language meaning into formal sense; Saussure's radical arbitrariness; syntactocentrism of psycholinguistics; anonymized sentence meanings; the reduction of human communication to biology and other obstacles. Positive impulses in support of communicology are drawn from Dilthey's Geisteswissenschaften; Kant's schematism and his dialectic of reflective and teleological reasoning; Peirce's hypoiconicity; and Ingarden's ontic heteronomy of compound cultural phenomena.

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