The Resource The limits of language, Stephen David Ross

The limits of language, Stephen David Ross

The limits of language
The limits of language
Statement of responsibility
Stephen David Ross
  • The Limits of Language concerns itself with the nature and limits of language at a time when our understanding of the world and of ourselves is intimately related to what we understand of language. It offers a detailed examination of different approaches to, and claims about, language drawn from the variety of orientations taken toward it, primarily in the twentieth century. What makes the author's approach unique is its concern with the ways in which we may understand language and its relation to the world and ourselves as a question of limits, drawing upon contemporary continental and English-language views of language, philosophical and linguistic, from American pragmatists such as Peirce and Dewey, and from important contemporary sources such as feminist theory. The book bridges English-language and continental discussions of language partly by recognizing their contrasts but systematically developing an overarching view of language out of their interaction
  • The focus of the book on the limits of language leads from questions concerning a science of language, and how such a science may attempt to demarcate its limits, as in Saussure and Chomsky, to a view of grammar and structure, of rules, in language, again issues of whether there are permanent and far-reaching limits to language and to human linguistic capabilities. In addition, the limits of language mark the limits of humanity and our understanding of the world, as expressed in Wittgenstein and Heidegger, for example, so that exploration of language limits lead to the very limits of nature and experience, of individual and social life. These, as many contemporary writers argue, including Levinas, Lyotard, and Irigaray, are not ontological, but are fundamentally ethical and political. In other words, far-reaching explorations in the possibilities of another ethics and politics emerge from the examination of language
Dewey number
index present
LC call number
LC item number
.R66 1994
Literary form
non fiction
The limits of language, Stephen David Ross
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [273]-278) and index
  • zbnus
  • glg
1. Initial Considerations -- 2. General Principles -- 3. Grammar -- 4. Knowledge -- 5. Society -- 6. Discourse -- 7. Language and Limits
Control code
24 cm
xix, 290 p.
Isbn Type
System control number
  • rmr6474590
  • (OCoLC)28147189

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