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The fall of language : Benjamin and Wittgenstein on meaning, Alexander Stern

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The fall of language : Benjamin and Wittgenstein on meaning
Title
The fall of language
Title remainder
Benjamin and Wittgenstein on meaning
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Alexander Stern
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Language
eng
Summary
This book explores the nature of meaning, primarily through readings of the work of Walter Benjamin and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Alexander Stern offers a critical analysis of Benjamin's philosophy of language, finding in it a common root with Wittgenstein's thought on language, and traces the historical foundation of both accounts of meaning to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German philosophy. Benjamin's theory of language is notoriously dense and obscure. In elucidating it, Stern emphasizes Benjamin's attempt to reorient the Kantian project around language-the medium in which knowledge is expressed-and his concern with the logical understanding of language gaining credence in the work of Bertrand Russell and Gottlob Frege. The result is a radical model of the relationship between language, experience, and the world that sees "absolutely everything" as linguistic in a broadened sense and which sees the logical or designative capacities of language as grounded in an aesthetic foundation. Wittgenstein and Benjamin are read in the book as complementary to one another, sharing comparable critiques of empiricism and comparable accounts of concept use, linguistic understanding, and the relation between experience and language. Although this similarity breaks down over Wittgenstein's account of the "experience of meaning," which is subordinated to his account of meaning as use, Stern argues that Benjamin's theory of language can productively address some unresolved issues in Wittgenstein's understanding of meaning.--
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Stern, Alexander
Dewey number
401
Index
index present
LC call number
P107
LC item number
.S737 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Benjamin, Walter
  • Wittgenstein, Ludwig
  • Language and languages
  • Meaning (Philosophy)
  • Benjamin, Walter
  • Wittgenstein, Ludwig
  • Language and languages
  • Meaning (Philosophy)
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The fall of language : Benjamin and Wittgenstein on meaning, Alexander Stern
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 367-377) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Part I. Benjamin's philosophy of language. The metaphysics of meaning -- Language out of Eden -- The theory gets dressed up -- Part II. The history of language as such. The thought of language -- What art means -- The linguistic U-turn -- Private language and other nonsense -- Part III. Benjamin and Wittgenstein. The word and the deed -- The character of language
Control code
1057240245
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
386 pages
Isbn
9780674980914
Lccn
2018039155
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1057240245
Label
The fall of language : Benjamin and Wittgenstein on meaning, Alexander Stern
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 367-377) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Part I. Benjamin's philosophy of language. The metaphysics of meaning -- Language out of Eden -- The theory gets dressed up -- Part II. The history of language as such. The thought of language -- What art means -- The linguistic U-turn -- Private language and other nonsense -- Part III. Benjamin and Wittgenstein. The word and the deed -- The character of language
Control code
1057240245
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
386 pages
Isbn
9780674980914
Lccn
2018039155
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1057240245

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