1st Edition

Philosophy and the Vision of Language

By Paul Livingston Copyright 2008
    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    Philosophy and the Vision of Language explores the history and enduring significance of the twentieth-century turn to language as a specific object of investigation and resource for philosophical reflection. It traces the implications of the access to language in some of the most prominent projects and results of the historical and contemporary tradition of analytic philosophy, including the projects of Frege, Wittgenstein, Sellars, Quine, Brandom, and Cavell. Additionally, it demonstrates the deep and enduring connections between the analytic tradition’s inquiry into language and the parallel inquiries of phenomenology, critical theory, and deconstruction over the course of the twentieth century. Finally, it documents some of the enduring consequences of philosophy’s inquiry into language for contemporary questions of social and political life. The book provides a clear, accessible and widely inclusive introduction to the relevance of language for analytic and continental philosophy in the twentieth century and is readable by non-specialist audiences. It should contribute to a growing historical sense of the location of the analytic tradition in a broader geography of social, political and critical thought. Furthermore, it contributes to building bridges between this tradition and the neighboring continental ones from which it has all too often been estranged.



    Chapter 1: Introduction: Language and Structure

    Section I: Early Analytic Philosophy

    Chapter 2: Frege on the Context Principle and Psychologism

    Chapter 3: ‘Meaning is Use’ in the Tractatus

    Section II: Radical Translation and Intersubjective Practice

    Introductory: From Syntax to Semantics (and Pragmatics)

    Chapter 4: Ryle and Sellars on Inner-State Reports

    Chapter 5: Quine’s Appeal to Use and the Genealogy of Indeterminacy

    Section III: Critical Outcome

    Introductory: From the Aporia of Structure to the Critique of Practice

    Chapter 6: Wittgenstein, Kant, and the Critique of Totality

    Chapter 7: Thinking and Being: Heidegger and Wittgenstein on Machination and Lived-Experience

    Chapter 8: Language, Norms, and the Force of Reason

    Section IV: Conclusion

    Chapter 9: The Question of Language







    Paul M. Livingston is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University. He has published widely in the history of twentieth century philosophy. His first book was titled Philosophical History and the Problem of Consciousness (Cambridge University Press, 2004).