Bertrand Russell, Language and Linguistic Theory (Continuum by Keith Green

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By Keith Green

Although there was an important revival in curiosity in Bertrand Russell's paintings lately, philosophers may nonetheless argue that Russell used to be no longer drawn to language. right here, within the first full-length examine of Russell's paintings on language all through his lengthy profession, Keith eco-friendly indicates that this can be in truth no longer the case. In interpreting Russell's work, really from 1900 to 1950, eco-friendly exposes a repeated emphasis on, and switch to, linguistic issues. eco-friendly considers how 'linguistics' and 'philosophy' have been suffering within the 20th century to outline themselves and to create acceptable modern disciplines. they'd a lot in universal in the course of definite classes, but looked as if it would proceed in virtually overall lack of knowledge of each other. This destructive relation has been famous long ago by way of Roy Harris, whose paintings presents a number of the proposal for the current publication. Taking these points, Green's aim here is to supply the 1st full-length attention of Russell's diversified paintings in language, and to learn it within the context of constructing modern (i.e. with Russell's paintings) linguistic theory.

The major goals of this crucial new book, in  focusing solely on Russell's paintings on language all through his occupation, are to put Russell in the altering contexts of latest linguistic suggestion; to learn Russell's language-theories opposed to the grain of his personal linguistic perform; to evaluate the connection among linguistic and philosophical idea in the course of Russell's profession, and to reconsider his position within the historical past of linguistic inspiration within the 20th century.  As such, this interesting learn will make a necessary contribution to Russell reports and to the research of the connection among philosophy and linguistics.

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