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Linguistic Philosophy
The Central Story
Linguistic Philosophy
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Garth L. Hallett - Author
SUNY Series in Philosophy
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Hardcover - 243 pages
Release Date: March 2008
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ISBN13: 978-0-7914-7361-0

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Release Date: February 2008
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Explores the role language plays in the relationship between reality and utterance.

How much authority should language, the medium of communication, be accorded as a determinant of truth and therefore of what we say? Garth L. Hallett argues that, although never explicitly debated, this is the most significant issue of linguistic philosophy. Here, for the first time, he traces the issue’s story. Starting with representative thinkers—Plato, Aquinas, Kant, Frege, and the early Wittgenstein—who contested language’s authority, the narrative then focuses on thinkers such as Carnap, Tarski, the later Wittgenstein, Flew, Russell, Malcolm, Austin, Kripke, Putnam, Strawson, Quine, and Habermas who, in different ways and to varying degrees, accorded language more authority. Implicit in this account is a challenge to philosophy as still widely practiced.

“Hallett’s treatment combines impressive philosophical erudition with penetrating and insightful analysis.” — William H. Brenner, author of Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations

“This book is a highly enlightening introduction to and survey of linguistic philosophy in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The work is accessible to readers without a strong background in philosophy, and leads them through a wide range of philosophers and philosophies. This is not a mere survey, for the author develops his own position in the course of working through the views of other philosophers, and engages the reader in his project of understanding and defending the authority of language.” — John T. Kearns, author of Reconceiving Experience: A Solution to a Problem Inherited from Descartes

Garth L. Hallett is Dean of the College of Philosophy and Letters at St. Louis University and the author of many books, including Essentialism: A Wittgensteinian Critique, also published by SUNY Press.


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Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Issue of Language’s Authority

2. The Question’s Centrality

3. Plato’s Recourse to Nonlinguistic Forms

4. Aquinas and the Primacy of Mental Truth

5. The Tractatus: Precise Thought versus Imprecise Language

6. Carnap’s Limited Linguistic Turn

7. Tarski, Truth, and Claims of Linguistic Incoherence

8. Wittgenstein’s Acceptance of the Authority of Language

9. Wittgenstein versus Theoretical “Intuitions”

10. Flew and Paradigm-Case Arguments

11. Russell’s Critique of “Common Sense”

12. Malcolm and the “Ordinary-Language” Debate

13. Austin, Statements, and Their Truth

14. A Lead Overlooked: From Meaning to Truth

15. Kripke, Putnam, and Rigid Designation

16. Quine, Linguistic Truths, and Holistic Theory

17. Quine, Indeterminacy, and the Opacity of Language

18. Rorty, Stich, and Pragmatic Assertability

19. Habermas, Communicative Speech, and Validity

20. Past, Present, and Future: An Overview

Notes
Bibliography
Index


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