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The Chattering Mind: A Conceptual History of Everyday Talk

Samuel McCormick


The Chattering Mind shows how a characteristically unproblematic form of modern communication—everyday talk—became a communication problem in itself, notably one in need of careful conceptual commentary and now, in the digital age, ongoing technological support. Part One focuses on Søren Kierkegaard’s inaugural theory of “chatter,” paying special attention to the concept’s literary and philosophical origins, its early entanglement with modern democratic culture, and its corresponding annex of mid-nineteenth-century religious discourse. Part Two explores Martin Heidegger’s subsequent work on “i ... More

Keywords: communication, conversation, everyday talk, chatter, idle talk, empty speech, Søren Kierkegaard, Martin Heidegger, Jacques Lacan, digital culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226677637
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226677804.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel McCormick, author
San Francisco State University