BertaIPBSReply (p)

BertaIPBSReply (p) - Integr Psych Behav(2008 42:121127 DOI...

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REPLY Voice as Materialistic Principle Marie-Cécile Bertau Published online: 13 February 2008 # Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2008 Abstract In this reply, three core notions from Schürmann s comment The materiality of the abstraction voice are picked out and discussed: the ethos, the so called trialogical self and vocality as principle. The notion of ethos is explored through the word s history, coming to say that ethos develops in relation to a certain geographical place and is determined by the social practices of a historically situated community. Thus, the concept allows to see how current scientific activities are rooted in reality, taken in the socio-cultural sense. The trialogical self is discussed in its implications, leading to firmly retain dialogical self as sign of a movement leading through the other to self. Schürmann s distinction of voice as phenomenon and vocality as principle is seen as fruitful supplement to own ideas, especially as it highlights the fact that it is the act of uttering in different modes which matters for a language notion based in addressivity. Keywords Ethos . Dialogical self . Vocality . Interiorization . Utterance Volker Schürmann s comment The materiality of the abstraction voice can be read as organized around three core notions: the ethos, the so called trialogical self and vocality as principle. From these, the notion of ethos stands out, pointing to a crucial procedure in science, where empirical data is generated on the ground of non- empirical concepts, which themselves belong to a decision based in an ethos. Taking the term of ethos in current psychological discussion into account is in my opinion quite important, it can prevent from all too rapid ontologization where dogmatism is easy to emerge; it forces to reflect the concepts put into empirical work as historically formed and situated, thus to contextualize them; finally, its consequence is to take empiry more seriously: it commits the ones who espoused a certain ethos to a very thoughtful treatment of data, for the very reason that one is aware of the way they are generated. The investigating subject is fully responsible, it cannot use Integr Psych Behav (2008) 42:121 127 DOI 10.1007/s12124-008-9055-x M.-C. Bertau ( * ) Institut für Psycholinguistik, Universität München, Oettingenstrasse 67, 80538 München, Germany e-mail: [email protected]
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empiry to dismiss him/herself, rather stay with empiry and his/her perspective. So, one has not the right to just tell any story about that data (Schürmann 2008 , ms. p.9). Relativity does not lead to arbitrary, but to a conscious choice of the relation taken to reality, and this is indeed a political question in the broad and in the narrow sense.
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