The Pragmatist View on the Communicative Phenomenon

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Eugenia Bogatu


In this article, I analyze several components related to the pragmatic dimensions of communication. American pragmatist philosophy has been interested in the relationship between action-communication-research. American pragmatist philosophers have striven to define the rational meaning valid for any type of action, including the field of communication. General conventions and understandings come to be established in people’s minds in the form of assumptions and beliefs that end up building and re-building mental schemes in relation to which people act. The communication process is aimed at linking previous contexts during the message statement. A special role is given to how we come to expose our ideas clearly and convincingly in communication. One’s convictions in the exposition of clear and distinct ideas are often the fundamental objective in the algorithm of the communication process, analogous to knowledge in the scientific fields. The essence of belief is the rooting of a habit, a mode of action.The context according to which a statement is interpreted is made up of information obtained from the cognitive framework of the interlocutor. From this perspective, the cognitive framework represents the pragmatic assumptions that apply to any situation and context of communication. The trend towards naturalness and perfection in communication is the central objective that guides most of those participating in a communication situation. Within the context, there is interference between the logical aspect responsible for rationality and that of imagination.

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BOGATU, Eugenia. The Pragmatist View on the Communicative Phenomenon. Annals of the University of Bucharest - Philosophy Series, [S.l.], v. 69, n. 2, p. 19-36, nov. 2021. ISSN 0068-3175. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 28 nov. 2021.