By Garth L. Hallett
How a lot authority may still language, the medium of communique, be accorded as a determinant of fact and hence of what we are saying? Garth L. Hallett argues that, even supposing by no means explicitly debated, this is often the main major problem of linguistic philosophy. the following, for the 1st time, he strains the issue’s tale. beginning with consultant thinkers—Plato, Aquinas, Kant, Frege, and the early Wittgenstein—who contested language’s authority, the narrative then makes a speciality of thinkers resembling Carnap, Tarski, the later Wittgenstein, Flew, Russell, Malcolm, Austin, Kripke, Putnam, Strawson, Quine, and Habermas who, in several methods and to various levels, accorded language extra authority. Implicit during this account is a problem to philosophy as nonetheless greatly practiced.
Garth L. Hallett is Dean of the varsity of Philosophy and Letters at St. Louis college and the writer of many books, together with Essentialism: A Wittgensteinian Critique, additionally released by way of SUNY Press.
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