Locke, Steiner and Understanding

Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 10:20-45 (1976)
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Professor Parkinson in his lecture on ‘The Translation Theory of Understanding’ discusses two stages in the development of a false but influential tradition which he finds common to Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding and Professor George Steiner's After Babel. He is not, of course, alleging any direct historical influence of the one on the other; neither is he principally addressing Steiner's book as a whole, but rather the account of understanding upon which it appears to be founded. I should like to take his paper as the starting-point for my own, but begin from a somewhat broader view than he does of the legacy of Locke. With Parkinson's constructive position I have no quarrel, and I shall not address myself directly to it.

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An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.John Locke - 1979 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 169 (2):221-222.
After Babel. Aspects of Language and Translation.George Steiner - 1980 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 42 (2):406-407.
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Locke's theory of meaning.Charles Landesman - 1976 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 14 (1):23-35.

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