The Language of Touch

Philosophical Examinations in Linguistics and Haptic Studies

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The Language of Touch

Offering an in-depth analysis of the relationship between touch and language through the history of philosophy, this book revitalizes the field of haptic studies, providing new insights into the philosophy of language and ontological nature of touch. Les mer
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The Language of Touch

Offering an in-depth analysis of the relationship between touch and language through the history of philosophy, this book revitalizes the field of haptic studies, providing new insights into the philosophy of language and ontological nature of touch. The Language of Touch draws together an international team of linguists, anthropologists, and philosophers to demonstrate from a variety of disciplinary perspectives that the experience of touch is inextricable from the structure of language. Examining the intersections between phenomenology of touch and poststructural linguistics, this work draws upon figures such as Marx, Merleau-Ponty, Nancy, Derrida, and Lacan to question both how language structures touch and how touch structures language.

Introduction, Mirt Komel (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

1. The Wave of the Sign: Pyramidal Sign, Haptic Hieroglyphs, and the Touch of Language, Mirt Komel (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
2. The Structure of the Phonetical Touch: Unsettling the Mastery of Phonology Over Phonetics, Tomi Bartole (University of St. Andrews, UK)
3. Surplus of Touch: From the Forest of Symbols to the Jungle of Touch, Karmen Sterk (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
4. Ontology of Touch: From Aristotle to Brentano, Gregor Moder (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
5. Anatomical Aporia: Speculative Unity of Touch and Language, Goran Vranesevic (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
6. The Category of the (Un)Touchable in Haptic Materialism: Touch, Repetition, and Language, Bara Kolenc (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
7. The Lick of the Mother Tongue: Derrida's Fantasies of `the Touch of Language' with Augustine and Marx, Rachel Aumiller (University of Hamburg, Germany)
8. On the Touch of Swear Words: Swearing and the Lacanian Real, Peter Klepec
9. Proper Names: Being in Touch with the Real, Jela Krecic-Zizek (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
10. Ethics of Touch: Doctor Who's Untouchable Touch, Eva Vrtacic (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
11. Screaming Contagions: The Scream as Haptic Contagion, Zack Sievers

Index

Examines the intersections of phenomenology, Marxism and poststructural linguistics to argue that the experience of touch is inextricable from the structure of language.

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