"What's in a voice? There is nothing more political than the voice of the people; nothing more religious than the voice of God; nothing more unsettling than the voice of conscience. The voice is a many-layered phenomenon, enfolding all the great themes of traditional philosophical reflection: nature and culture, reason and experience, transience and eternity, sincerity and duplicity, art and technique, truth and delusion, selfhood and annihilation, history and tradition, life and death. 'I See a Voice' escorts its readers on a vast and eventful intellectual journey taking in colour music and voice machines, shorthand and phonetics, Egyptian hieroglyphs, dance notations, and the origins of language, the division of the rainbow and the development of the musical scale, Proust and Dickens, structuralism and phenomenology, talking parrots and silent films. Above all it tells the painful story of those who have literally had no voice: the so-called 'deaf and dumb'. In a tour de force of historical narration, Jonathan Ree reconstructs the plight of the deaf, constantly beset by strange notions about sign language, writing and speech. 'I See a Voice' teems with passion and patience, comedy and seriousness, sustained conceptual argument and diverting human anecdote. It is a new departure in philosophy, history and the history of philosophy, and a delightful challenge to its readers."
Book in very good condition.