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Samuel McCormick


Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, San Francisco State University, USA.

During his EURIAS fellowship Associate Professor Samuel McCormick worked on the project 'The Chattering Mind: A Conceptual History of Everyday Talk'.

Project at AIAS

In this book project, I consider the unexplored European tradition of philosophical commentary on the communicative practices of mass society, especially insofar as this commentary can be shown to inform ongoing discussions of collective life in the digital age.  In particular, “The Chattering Mind” traces the conceptual history of ordinary conversation as it stretches from Søren Kierkegaard’s inaugural theory of “chatter” (snak) to Martin Heidegger’s resurgent account of “idle talk” (Gerede) to Jacques Lacan’s culminating treatment of “empty speech” (parole vide)—and ultimately into our digital present, where “small talk” has become the basis for “big data.”

Project title:

The Chattering Mind: A Conceptual History of Everyday Talk

Area of research:

Rhetoric and public advocacy

Fellowship period:

1 Oct 2017 – 28 Feb 2018 

Fellowship type:

EURIAS fellow 

This fellowship is initiated by NetIAS and has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research and innovation under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no 609400.