- Title Pages
- This is Enlightenment
- Enlightening Mediation
- Where were the Media before the Media?
- Mediation and the Division of Labor
- Transmitting Liberty
- Modes and Codes
- Mediating Information, 1450–1800
- Mediated Enlightenment
- Romanticism, Enlightenment and Mediation
- The Present of Enlightenment
- The Strange Light of Postcolonial Enlightenment
- Mediating Media Past and Present
- Mediating Antiquarians in Britain, 1760–1830
- Mediating Le Philosophe
- Novel Knowledge
- The Piratical Enlightenment
- Financing Enlightenment, Part One
- Financing Enlightenment, Part Two
- “The Horrifying Ties, From Which the Public Order Originates”
- The Preacher's Footing
- Mediation as Primal Word
- (p.37) Enlightening Mediation
- This Is Enlightenment
- University of Chicago Press
This chapter offers a philological genealogy of related terms—persuasion, communication, medium, media, mediation—in order to excavate a struggle that works through the whole (hidden) history of mediation: the tension, on the one hand, between the supposed purpose of communication (whether it be the use of rhetoric to persuade or the later ideal of transparent representation that overcomes the opacity of language) and, on the other, the diverse means by which information has been transmitted between sender and receiver by a medium, the media, or (most generally) mediations.
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