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Thinking about ThinkingWhat Kind of Conversation is Philosophy?$
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Adriaan T. Peperzak

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823240173

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823240173.001.0001

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(p.97) Six Vocative
Thinking about Thinking

Adriaan T. Peperazak

Fordham University Press

The many voices that reach us through calls, allocutions, letters, cards, texts, books, inscriptions, and so on inform us about a host of situations, events, relations, thoughts, and experiences, but they cannot reach us unless an implicit or explicit vocative assures their destination. If the voice is ignored, the speaker is saddened; the voice is bereft of its proper meaning by falling on deaf ears. Seduction is not successful unless it satisfies or awakens an interest in the listener. In a sense, the vocative does not contain any information; it only addresses. What kind of experience is expressed in a vocative that concentrates on someone's existence as such alone? It is addressed to someone as a simple affirmation or appreciative confirmation of the addressee's very existence as distinct but not separate from its concrete unfolding in an adventurous and historical life, which has its negative and positive, its happy and unhappy, its good and bad sides and events.

Keywords:   vocative, voices, speaker, listener, experience, existence

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