By Garth L. Hallett

Explores the function language performs within the courting among truth and utterance.

How a lot authority should still language, the medium of conversation, be accorded as a determinant of fact and as a result of what we are saying? Garth L. Hallett argues that, even though 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 specializes in thinkers comparable to 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 largely practiced.

Garth L. Hallett is Dean of the school of Philosophy and Letters at St. Louis college and the writer of many books, together with Essentialism: A Wittgensteinian Critique, additionally released via SUNY Press.

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