The Language Animal: The Full Shape of the Human Linguistic Capacity

2016.09.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Charles Taylor, The Language Animal: The Full Shape of the Human Linguistic Capacity, Harvard University Press, 2016, 352pp.,
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2016.09.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Charles Taylor, The Language Animal: The Full Shape of the Human Linguistic Capacity, Harvard University Press, 2016, 352pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780674660205. Reviewed by Michael N. Forster, Universität Bonn This is a rich and important book. Its main topic is the nature of human language. But it also contains several long, semi-digressive, and very interesting discussions of additional topics, including meta-ethics and art (chapter 6). This review will focus on the book's official topic. It will begin by sketching the main contents before going on to offer some critical comments on the historical and philosophical theses developed. The Preface sets up a fundamental contrast between two conceptions of human language: what Taylor calls 'HHH theories', named after Hamann, Herder, and Humboldt, and what he calls 'HLC theories', named after Hobbes, Locke, and Condillac. Taylor's project is basically to. . .

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