Language Lost and Found: On Iris Murdoch and the Limits of Philosophical Discourse

2014.03.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Niklas Forsberg, Language Lost and Found: On Iris Murdoch and the Limits of Philosophical Discourse, Bloomsbury, 2013,
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2014.03.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Niklas Forsberg, Language Lost and Found: On Iris Murdoch and the Limits of Philosophical Discourse, Bloomsbury, 2013, 245pp., $110.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781623564834. Reviewed by Bridget Clarke, University of Montana It is clear how people who have been dispossessed of their cultures -- exiles, refugees, or members of a conquered nation, for instance -- might suffer from a loss of concepts that makes it hard or impossible for them to make sense of their lives and their world.[1] But what about those of us who are more fortunate, whose cultures are seemingly intact? Is conceptual loss a problem we face? What would that mean, and what is there to be done about it? These are Niklas Forsberg’s questions. In addressing them, Forsberg takes Iris Murdoch as his “primary discussion partner” (1), yet it is Stanley Cavell’s ordinary language philosophy that provides the book’s. . .

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