1st Edition

Language and Phenomenology

Edited By

Chad Engelland




ISBN 9780367231712
Published December 28, 2020 by Routledge
318 Pages

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Book Description

At first blush, phenomenology seems to be concerned preeminently with questions of knowledge, truth, and perception, and yet closer inspection reveals that the analyses of these phenomena remain bound up with language and that consequently phenomenology is, inextricably, a philosophy of language. Drawing on the insights of a variety of phenomenological authors, including Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Gadamer, and Ricoeur, this collection of essays by leading scholars articulates the distinctively phenomenological contribution to language by examining two sets of questions. The first set of questions concerns the relatedness of language to experience. Studies exhibit the first-person character of the philosophy of language by focusing on lived experience, the issue of reference, and disclosive speech. The second set of questions concerns the relatedness of language to intersubjective experience. Studies exhibit the second-person character of the philosophy of language by focusing on language acquisition, culture, and conversation. This book will be of interest to scholars of phenomenology and philosophy of language.

Table of Contents

PART I

Language and Experience 19

1 Language and Experience: Phenomenological Dimensions 21

DANIEL O. DAHLSTROM

2 Merleau-Ponty on Expression and Meaning 43

TAYLOR CARMAN

3 On Husserl’s Concept of the Pre-predicative: Genealogy of Logic and Regressive Method 56

DOMINIQUE PRADELLE

4 Husserlian Phenomenology, Rule-Following, and Primitive Normativity 74

JACOB RUMP

5 The Place of Language in the Early Heidegger’s Development of Hermeneutic Phenomenology 92

SCOTT CAMPBELL

6 Logos, Perception, and the Ontological Function of Discourse in Phenomenology: A Theme from Heidegger’s Reading of Aristotle 115

LESLIE MACAVOY

7 We Are a Conversation: Heidegger on How Language Uncovers 132

KATHERINE WITHY

8 The Phenomenology of Poetry 149

JENNIFER ANNA GOSETTI-FERENCEI

PART II

Language and Joint Experience 175

9 Complex Community: Toward a Phenomenology of Language Sharing 177

ANDREW INKPIN

10 The Scaffolding Role of a Natural Language in the Formation of Thought: Edmund Husserl’s Contribution 194

POL VANDEVELDE

11 Widening the World through Speech: Husserl on the Phenomenon of Linguistic Appropriation 212

MICHELE AVERCHI

12 The Priority of Language in World-Disclosure: Back to the Beginnings in Childhood 229

LAWRENCE J. HATAB

13 Play in Conversation: The Cognitive Import of Gadamer’s Theory of Play 248

CAROLYN CULBERTSON

14 Translating Hospitality: A Narrative Task 264

RICHARD KEARNEY

15 Inflecting “Presence” and “Absence”: On Sharing the Phenomenological Conversation 273

CHAD ENGELLAND

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Biography

Chad Engelland is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Dallas. He is the author of several books, including Ostension: Word Learning and the Embodied Mind (2014), Heidegger’s Shadow: Kant, Husserl, and the Transcendental Turn (Routledge, 2017), and Phenomenology (2020).

Reviews

"Language and Phenomenology is a remarkable, and long overdue, consideration of the ways in which phenomenology reveals the depth and richness of our extraordinarily various experiences with language. In clearly written essays, a distinguished group of authors—drawing on resources from eidetic, transcendental, existential, and hermeneutic phenomenology and engaging directly with analytic approaches—demonstrate how careful attention to experience can both overturn traditional assumptions about linguistic meaning and point the way to a deeper philosophical understanding of what language is. An indispensable contribution to the literature." ―Steven Crowell, Rice University, USA, author of Normativity and Phenomenology in Husserl and Heidegger

"Husserl addressed the issue of language at the very start of his Logical Investigations. It was the tip of the spear in his breakthrough into phenomenology. The essays in this book show how the phenomenology of language, in its many dimensions, was further developed in Husserl’s later work and by writers like Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Ricoeur, and Gadamer. The book shows how the phenomenology of language can be compared with the work of Wittgenstein and Kripke, Carnap and Quine, and Derrida, and how it can shed light on ostension, joint intentionality, and poetry. The final essay in the book, appropriately enough, discusses not just another issue in human language, but the language of phenomenology itself, and shows how, by an ‘inflection’ of syntax, it differentiates itself from natural speech. Language is the pivot on which phenomenology spins." —Robert Sokolowski, The Catholic University of America, USA, author of The Phenomenology of the Human Person

"This volume is essential reading for anyone interested in the phenomenology of language." —Mark Wrathall, Oxford, UK, author of Heidegger and Unconcealment: Truth, Language, and History