1st Edition

Critical Humanist Perspectives The Integrational Turn in Philosophy of Language and Communication

Edited By Adrian Pablé Copyright 2017
    296 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The present book is a collection of scholarly reflections on the theme of humanism from an integrational linguistic perspective. It studies humanist thought in relation to the philosophy of language and communication underpinning it and considers the question whether being a ‘humanist’ binds one to a particular view of language. The contributions to this volume explore whether integrational linguistics, being informed by a non-mainstream semiology and adopting a lay linguistic perspective, can provide better answers to contentious ontological and epistemological questions concerning the humanist project – questions having to do with the self, reason, authenticity, creativity, free agency, knowledge and human communication. The humanist perspectives adopted by the contributors to this volume are critical insofar as they start from semiological assumptions that challenge received notions within mainstream linguistics, such as the belief that languages are fixed-codes of some kind, that communication serves the purpose of thought transfer, and that languages are prerequisites for communication.

    1. Introduction: Humanism, Existentialism and Integrational Semiology (Adrian Pablé)

    2. Integrating Humanism

    2.1 Secular Humanist Discourses on Rationality: Exploring questions in the philosophy of language and communication (Adrian Pablé)

    2.2 Bedrock Concepts and Integrational Theory: Selves, animals and legal persons (Christopher Hutton)

    2.3 The Nature of Language and the Language of Nature: Rabindranath Tagore's Sabda Tattwo or The Essence of Words as an integrationist text (Rukmini Bhaya Nair)

    2.4 An Integrationist Perspective on African Philosophy (Sinfree Makoni and Cristine G. Severo)

    3. Integrating Linguistics

    3.1 Can integrational linguistics be integrated with (critical) discourse analysis? (Michael Toolan)

    3.2 Indeterminacy in Sociolinguistic and Integrationist Theory (Jon Orman)

    3.3 Towards Human Concepts of Comprehension and Meaning (Charlotte Conrad)

    4. Integrating Systems and Agency

    4.1 The notion of an Integrated System (Dorthe Duncker)

    4.2 Humanist Machines: An integrationist critique of mechanical models (David Bade)

    5. Integrating Freedom and Creativity

    5.1 Mr. Micawber Anticipates Feist: Transformations of mental labour (Julian Warner)

    5.2 Language and Freedom Vol. 1: The abstract and the concrete (Peter E. Jones)

    5.3 Emotional Labour and the Neoliberal Entrepreneurial Self at Work and in the Home: Emotions as privatized individual capital or revolutionary social praxis (Paul Thibault)

    6. Integrating Humanist Models of Education

    6.1 Freedom of Speech in a Therapeutic Age (Dennis Hayes)

    6.2 "Crazy English" and Individual English Learners: An integrationist critique of English education as a business in China (Feifei Zhou)

    7. Discussion: Integrationism, Anti-humanism and the Suprasubjective (Paul Cobley)


    Adrian Pablé is Associate Professor of English at the University of Hong Kong.

    "In a world where the human being is being reduced more and more to what Carl Jung called a "unit" in a matrix of units, this book reminds us that we are much more than the "subjects" of statistical studies. By studying how we are the makers of our artifacts, from language to material culture, this book is an interesting anti-dote to our posthuman and even anti-human world of literally "senseless" philosophies. " -- Professor Marcel Danesi, University of Toronto