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Words Underway: Continental Philosophy of Language,

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2020.03.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Carolyn Culbertson, Words Underway: Continental Philosophy of Language, Rowman and Littlefield, 2019, 140pp., $39.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781786608055. Reviewed by Beata Stawarska, University of Oregon In Carolyn Culbertson's book, language is understood as basic to the constitution of the world in which humans dwell, rather than as an external tool for referring and communicating. She draws attention to the dual character of language -- it is a source of delight that fulfills our nature, but it can simultaneously be a source of linguistic alienation -- an inability to give expression to experience, or a feeling that the expression culminated in a failure. Even though linguistic alienation is arguably pervasive, it has not received a sustained treatment in classical philosophy of language. It follows that philosophers like Jacques Derrida or Julia Kristeva, who grappled with various aspects of linguistic alienation as well as with the evolving character of linguistic... Read More

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