For More Than One Voice: Toward a Philosophy of Vocal Expression

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Stanford University Press, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 264 pages
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The human voice does not deceive. The one who is speaking is inevitably revealed by the singular sound of her voice, no matter "what" she says. We take this fact for granted for example, every time someone asks, over the telephone, "Who is speaking?" and receives as a reply the familiar utterance, "It's me." Starting from the given uniqueness of every voice, Cavarero rereads the history of philosophy through its peculiar evasion of this embodied uniqueness. She shows how this history along with the fields it comprehends, such as linguistics, musicology, political theory, and studies in orality might be grasped as the "devocalization of Logos," as the invariable privileging of semantike over phone, mind over body. Female figures from the Sirens to the Muses, from Echo to opera singers provide a crucial counterhistory, one in which the embodied voice triumphs over the immaterial semantic. Reconstructing this counterhistory, Cavarero proposes a "politics of the voice" wherein the ancient bond between Logos and politics is reconfigured, and wherein what matters is not the communicative content of a given discourse, but rather who is speaking.

 

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Contents

11 The Voice of Jacob
19
12 Saying Instead of the Said
26
13 The Devocalization of Logos
33
14 The Voice of the Soul
42
15 The Strange Case of the Antimetaphysician Ireneo Funes
47
16 The Voice of Language
53
17 When Thinking Was Done with the Lungs
62
18 Some Irresistible and Somewhat Dangerous Flute Playing
68
24 The Maternal Chora or The Voice of the Poetic Text
131
25 Truth Sings in Key
139
26 The Hurricane Does Not Roar in Pentameter
146
27 The Harmony of the Spheres or The Political Control of Mousike
152
A POLITICS OF VOICES
163
31 Echo or On Resonance
165
32 A Vocal Ontology of Uniqueness
173
33 Logos and Politics
183

19 The Rhapsodic Voice or Ions Specialty
79
WOMEN WHO SING
93
21 Sing to Me O Muse
95
22 The Fate of the Sirens
103
23 Melodramatic Voices
117
34 The Reciprocal Communication of Voices
197
Dedicated to Derrida
213
Notes
242
Index
263
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Adriana Cavarero is Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Verona, Italy, and Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and New York University. Italy's most renowned feminist philosopher, she is the author of numerous essays and books, including (in English) In Spite of Plato (1995), Relating Narratives: Storytelling and Selfhood (2000), and Stately Bodies (2002).

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