Disclosing the World: On the Phenomenology of Language

2016.08.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Andrew Inkpin, Disclosing the World: On the Phenomenology of Language, MIT Press, 2016, 381pp., $43.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.08.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Andrew Inkpin, Disclosing the World: On the Phenomenology of Language, MIT Press, 2016, 381pp., $43.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262033916. Reviewed by David G. Stern, University of Iowa This is an ambitious book. Beginning with Heidegger's suggestive but fragmentary discussion of language in Being and Time (Part I), Andrew Inkpin draws on insights from the early Merleau-Ponty (Part II) and the later Wittgenstein (Part III) to fill in the gaps in the "Heideggerian framework" that he takes as his starting point. While each of these first three parts takes the form of a close reading and interpretation of the relevant texts, Inkpin's overarching aim is not primarily exegetical fidelity, but rather working out a systematic solution to the philosophical problems they raise. The two main problems are that of providing a general statement of the overall nature of phenomenology, and that of specifying the form that a. . .

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