The human voice does not deceive The one who is speaking is inevitably revealed by the singular sound of her voice no matter what she says We take this fact for ranted for example every time someone asks over the telephone Who is speaking and receives as a reply the familiar utterance It's me Starting from the iven uniueness of every voice Cavarero rereads the history.
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Of philosophy through its peculiar evasion of this embodied uniueness She shows how this history along with the fields it comprehends such as linguistics musicology political theory and studies in orality might be rasped as the devocalization of Logos as the invariable privileging of semantike over phone mind over body Female figures from the Sirens to the Muses from Ec.
Ho to opera singers provide a crucial counterhistory one in which the embodied voice triumphs over the immaterial semantic Reconstructing this counterhistory Cavarero proposes a politics of the voice wherein the ancient bond between Logos and politics is reconfigured and wherein what matters is not the communicative content of a iven discourse but rather who is speaking.
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Adriana Cavarero teaches philosophy of politics at the University of Verona Italy and is a visiting professor at New York University Her field of research includes classical modern and contemporary thought with a special focus on the political significance of philosophy Two main concerns shape her approach to the Western philosophical tradition First the 'thought of sexual difference' a t