Listening, Hearing, Sensing: Three Modes of Being and the Phenomenology of Charles Sanders Peirce Academic Article uri icon


  • This article accepts Lipari's invitation to continue rethinking communication along the lines of artful listening as understood through the lens of phenomenology. However, we trace out the implications following a different phenomenological tradition than the one stemming from the German tradition of Heidegger and Husserl-specifically, the phenomenology of Charles Sanders Peirce, who allows us to see listening differently and perhaps more clearly. The primary contribution from Peirce's phenomenology is the logos he uses to extract 3 fundamental categories of thought and nature: Firstness (Quality), Secondness (Relation), and Thirdness (Mediation). As we shall show, listening is characterized by a plural consciousness sensitive to Mediation as it reveals itself through Relation and Quality. 2014 International Communication Association.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Bodie, G. D., & Crick, N.

citation count

  • 42

complete list of authors

  • Bodie, Graham D||Crick, Nathan

publication date

  • April 2014