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Beyond the Interaction Paradigm? Radical Constructivism, Universal Pragmatics, and Peircean Pragmatism

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In this article, I discuss Colin Grant's assault on the “interaction paradigm” and sketch a pragmatist alternative. Grant claims that social communication theory has been infested by an insidious “semantic of interaction”, which needs to be replaced by a constructivist model of that is responsive to the contingency and incommensurability of communication. In my critical assessment, I draw attention to a number of potential philosophical weaknesses in Grant's theoretical framework: its reliance on a purported state of “postnostalgic” communication, its tendency to one-sidedly emphasise uncertainty and instability in interaction, and its inclination to replace the stability of “reality” and “communication” with the power to constitute worlds from the vantage point of a stable subjectivity. I argue that a pragmatist approach, drawing on Charles Peirce's theory of signs, provides a more plausible theoretical starting point for handling issues of uncertain communication.

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Bergman, Mats. "Beyond the Interaction Paradigm? Radical Constructivism, Universal Pragmatics, and Peircean Pragmatism" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore, Jun 22, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p403499_index.html>

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Bergman, M. V. , 2010-06-22 "Beyond the Interaction Paradigm? Radical Constructivism, Universal Pragmatics, and Peircean Pragmatism" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p403499_index.html

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Abstract: In this article, I discuss Colin Grant's assault on the “interaction paradigm” and sketch a pragmatist alternative. Grant claims that social communication theory has been infested by an insidious “semantic of interaction”, which needs to be replaced by a constructivist model of that is responsive to the contingency and incommensurability of communication. In my critical assessment, I draw attention to a number of potential philosophical weaknesses in Grant's theoretical framework: its reliance on a purported state of “postnostalgic” communication, its tendency to one-sidedly emphasise uncertainty and instability in interaction, and its inclination to replace the stability of “reality” and “communication” with the power to constitute worlds from the vantage point of a stable subjectivity. I argue that a pragmatist approach, drawing on Charles Peirce's theory of signs, provides a more plausible theoretical starting point for handling issues of uncertain communication.


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