1st Edition

Language and Phenomenology

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ISBN 9780367231712
November 27, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
328 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

Introduction: The Language of Experience

Chad Engelland

Part I: Language and Experience

1. Language and Experience: Phenomenological Dimensions

Daniel O. Dahlstrom

2. Merleau-Ponty on Expression and Meaning

Taylor Carman

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

Dominique Pradelle

4. Husserlian Phenomenology, Rule-following, and Primitive Normativity

Jacob Rump

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

Scott Campbell

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

Leslie MacAvoy

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

Katherine Withy

8. The Phenomenology of Poetry

Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei

Part II: Language and Joint Experience

9. Complex Community: Towards a Phenomenology of Language Sharing

Andrew Inkpin

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

Pol Vandevelde

11. Widening the World Through Speech: Husserl on the Phenomenon of Linguistic Appropriation

Michele Averchi

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

Lawrence J. Hatab

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

Carolyn Culbertson

14. Translating Hospitality: A Narrative Task

Richard Kearney

15. Inflecting ‘Presence’ and ‘Absence’: On Sharing the Phenomenological Conversation

Chad Engelland

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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).