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Shi Xu's A Cultural Approach to Discourse PDF

By Shi Xu

ISBN-10: 0230505392

ISBN-13: 9780230505391

ISBN-10: 1403943346

ISBN-13: 9781403943347

Shi-xu opinions universalism in discourse experiences by way of the cultural results of its present white, western point of view and advocates a culturally pluralist technique, a conception and learn method from an leading edge place among japanese and Western cultures. useful learn options are illustrated via examples drawn from culturally broad ranging discourses.

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As Laclau and Mouffe (1985: 108) clearly explain: The fact that every object is constituted as an object of discourse has nothing to do with whether there is a world external to thought, or with the realism/idealism opposition. An earthquake or the falling of Discourse and Reality 25 a brick is an event that certainly exists . . But whether their specificity as objects is constructed in terms of ‘natural phenomena’ or ‘expression of the wrath of God’ depends upon the structure of a discursive field.

The question there related to my own account of discourse, of course: I rejected the realist position of representationalism and then suggested a different, reality-constitutive one. Is my own version not realist in nature? If not, what is its specific status, or that of any such anti-representationalist position, in relation to other, different versions? However, when I raised that question, I also had a further, larger question in mind. Namely, what is the relation between such a theoretical discourse to culture?

6. How are relationships formed, maintained or improved? 7. How are new, better or more useful realities created? Now readers must be wondering what status my perspective has. Having deconstructed the representationalist view of language and reality, do I then supply another realist account of my own? Does the kind of discourse I have sketched out here have a universal form? Does it function universally? Can there be a universal theory of discourse? What is the relation between my account here and those of others, real or potential?

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