Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
This project aims to extend philosophical theories of “uptake” beyond their
currently limited scope, which tend to analyze uptake as an exclusively interpersonal
phenomenon. I draw on two particular theories of uptake, advanced by Nancy Potter
(2000, 2002) and Rebecca Kukla (2014) respectively, to take uptake beyond the
interpersonal, and to situate uptake within the context of communication at the
institutional level. In doing so, I reflect on several failures of uptake at the institutional
level, and use these examples to motivate the need for an institutional level theory of
uptake. Then, I provide such an account, which includes possible degrees of institutional
uptake, as well as adequacy conditions for successful uptake. In other words, I suggest
what is required for institutions to consistently give proper uptake to their interlocutors,
whether individuals or groups. I conclude with suggested ways to carry this work further
in the future.
Stewart, Heather Marie, "Institutional Uptake: Extending Theories of Uptake Beyond the Interpersonal" (2017). Philosophy Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 58.