The Lewd, the Rude and the Nasty

2014.04.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Pekka Väyrynen, The Lewd, the Rude and the Nasty, Oxford University Press, 2013, 271pp., $49.95 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.04.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Pekka Väyrynen, The Lewd, the Rude and the Nasty, Oxford University Press, 2013, 271pp., $49.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780199314751. Reviewed by Matthew S. Bedke, University of British Columbia Suppose I begin like this: Pekka Väyrynen has written a rich, insightful book. He deftly plumbs the evidence on just how thick terms communicate evaluative content, and he fairly, judiciously comes down in favor of a pragmatic theory. I have just tried to employ some thick terms -- as the tradition would have it, terms that build into their meanings both description and evaluation. 'Deftly', for example, would be an inaccurate description of a clumsy, inept analysis. And in saying it was deft I am not remaining neutral on the quality I'm describing. I am also indicating its positive value. According to Väyrynen's main thesis, however, with those opening expressions I have not yet said the. . .

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