Cambridge Scholars Press (2007)

Jon K. Burmeister
College of Mount Saint Vincent
Mark Sentesy
Pennsylvania State University
Language was at the heart of philosophical inquiry for Plato and Aristotle, and in contemporary discussion it is no less central. In addition to the history of philosophy’s extensive investigations of language, analytic and continental philosophy too have focused intensively on the matter. But since most inquiries into language remain enclosed in their own methodology, terminology, and tradition, the multiplicity of approaches is often accompanied by their mutual isolation. This book shows, however, that these traditions can speak meaningfully to each other on language: rather than preventing dialogue, their differences provide opportunities for fruitful inquiry. The essays in this volume each treat a central topic in the contemporary study of language. Part One addresses how expression determines thought according to Humboldt, the use of paraphrase in Quine’s semantic ascent, and the non-ambiguity of the Frege-Russell senses of ‘is.’ Part Two includes treatments of the possibility and impossibility of promising in Nietzsche, and Derrida’s re-working of Saussure’s distinction between language and world. Topics in Part Three include the origin and end of language for Heidegger and Foucault, and the mutual sharpening of logic and ordinary speech in Anselm. This book fills a gap in current scholarship by bringing together nine essays that, through rejecting the debilitating yet often unquestioned divisions between disciplines, are able to illuminate the fundamental nature of language. Contributors: Jaakko Hintikka, Jo-Jo Koo, Geoffrey Bennington, Sarah Hansen, JohnChristopher Adorno Keller, Vernon Cisney, Alina Beary, Jeffrey Golub, Eileen Sweeney In each part of this thought-provoking volume on the nature of language, there are essays that demonstrate the immense intellectual potential of writing that refuses to see any decisive distinction between the present of philosophy and its history, or between the ways in which Kant’s work has been inherited in Anglo-American and Franco-German traditions. —Stephen Mulhall, New College, Oxford University With its robust range of complementary topics, each subjected to penetrating examination, this collection of essays makes a welcome contribution to the philosophy of language, past and present. —Daniel Dahlstrom, Boston University The contributions to this impressive volume ignore traditional divides between “analytic” and “continental,” historical and systematic philosophy. This enables the authors to put a number of key issues in the philosophy of language into a striking new light…. Fully accessible to the advanced undergraduate in philosophy, the book also contains many provocative ideas for the specialist. —Martin Kusch, University of Cambridge TABLE OF CONTENTS | INTRODUCTION On Speech and Language, Mark Sentesy, Boston College Structure and Overview of This Volume, Jon Burmeister, Boston College PART ONE: HOW DO WE THINK WHAT WE ARE SAYING? The Expressivist Conception of Language and World: Humboldt and the Charge of Linguistic Idealism and Relativism, Jo-Jo Koo, University of Pittsburgh What Can We Learn About Language From Thinking About Philosophy? JohnChristopher Adorno Keller, University of Notre Dame It All Depends On What ‘Is’ Is: A Brief History (And Theory) Of Being, Jaakko Hintikka, Boston University PART TWO: HOW DOES LANGUAGE WORK IN THE WORLD? The Ironic Stance and the Limitations of Philosophy, Jeffrey A. Golub, New School for Social Research Nietzsche’s Scandalous Body and the Promise of Metaphor, Sarah Hansen, Vanderbilt University The Limits of My Language, Geoffrey Bennington, Emory University PART THREE: CAN WE SPEAK ABOUT EVERYTHING? Gathering and Contestation: The Place of Silence in Heidegger and Foucault, Vernon Cisney, Purdue University Religious Language in Jacques Derrida, Alina Beary, Criswell College The Asymmetry Between Language and Being: The Case of Anselm, Eileen Sweeney, Boston College 
Keywords Language  Philosophy of Language  History of Philosophy  Continental Philosophy  Analytic Philosophy  Hintikka  Heidegger  Frege  Husserl  Derrida
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