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Kommunikaciya kak jepistemicheskaja problema
Alexander Antonovski
Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences
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No. 1 (Vol. 47)

The author analyses the problem of the communication from the epistemological point of view, noting that the interest to the theme is obviously determined by the enormous ambiguity and by the disciplinary vagueness of the communication's notion itself.

It is argued that it is the philosophical conceptualization of the communication that allows in a certain sense to "save" philosophy itself. The author notes that the philosophical studies of communication as if return the relevance to the classical philosophical problems: to the (communicative) sphere, (communicative) time, (social) causality, (collective) subject and object, filling them with the meaningful characteristics and testing their concepts by the experience of the functioning of real society and communication.

It is concluded that the epistemological content of the communication's concept is mated with several aspects of human cognition. Firstly, the author is talking about the adequacy's definition of the Other's statement. then the reconstruction of such statement is difficult (and maybe even impossible) under the conditions of the unavailability of Other's consciousness. Secondly, the problem of communication is related to the principle of the double purpose of any communication, oriented, on the one hand, on the integration and mutual understanding and agreement, and, on the other hand, on the informational description of the subject of the message.

Thirdly, communication is based on the most important epistemological distinction between knowledge and ignorance, i.e. on the predominance of any information to one participant of the communication and of its uncertainty to another participant, and that situation actually
provokes the formation of the communication systems and of a wide variety of the sociality's forms.

The author also wonders whether the contemporary media make possible the communication where the secrecy of the Other's consciousness would cease to be a major challenge and trigger of a communicative act.

communication, collective agent, the Other, knowledge

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