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I Interpret You

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START DATE 12 December 2019
START TIME 03:00pm

Room G230, Grove Building, Middlesex University, London, NW4 4BT

END DATE 12 December 2019
END TIME 04:00pm

The Language and Communication Research Cluster is delighted to announce a presentation by our colleague and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion Dr Johan Siebers on the role of Language in Interpersonal encounters in the language philosophies of Donald Davidson and  Martin Buber.

In this talk I will present research done in cooperation with Professor Eli Dresner from Tel Aviv University. We compared the accounts of the role of language in interpersonal encounters in the language philosophies of Donald Davidson and Martin Buber, two thinkers from very different schools thought. The striking parallels as well as the telling differences that emerged allow us to formulate a new perspective on the role played by codes and meaning in communication as well as on basic aspects of the ontology and ethics of communication.

Part of this research project was published as “I Interpret You. Davidson and Buber”, in Review of Metaphysics, vol. 73 (1), 2019, 109-126.


Johan Siebers is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Middlesex University. He is also an Associate Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, where he leads the Ernst Bloch Centre for German Thought. He has published widely on 19th and 20th century German philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of communication, rhetoric and futurity. He is founding editor of Empedocles: European Journal for Philosophy of Communication. Before coming to Middlesex he designed and led the first MA in Rhetoric in the UK, at the University of Central Lancashire.

The Language and Communication Research Seminars are free and open to all staff, students and guests. For any questions or if you would like to lead a session, contact Anna Charalambidou.

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