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Ineffability and Philosophy : Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Philosophy - Andre Kukla

Ineffability and Philosophy

Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Philosophy

Hardcover Published: 17th December 2004
ISBN: 9780415339704
Number Of Pages: 184

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Presenting a fascinating analysis of the idea of what can't be said, this book ascertains whether the notion of there being a truth, or a state of affairs, or knowledge that can't be expressed linguistically is a coherent notion. The author distinguishes different senses in which it might be said that something can't be said.
The first part looks at the question of whether ineffability is a coherent idea. Part two evaluates two families of arguments regarding whether ineffable states of affairs actually exist: the argument from mysticism and the argument from epistemic boundedness. Part three looks more closely at the relation between mystic and non-mystic stances. In the fourth and final part the author distinguishes five qualitatively different types of ineffability.
Ineffability and Philosophy is a significant contribution to this area of research and will be essential reading for philosophers and those researching and studying the philosophy of language.

Prefacep. xi
Ineffability-the very ideap. 1
Indescribable entitiesp. 2
The Tarskian approachp. 10
Four or five grades of ineffabilityp. 23
Untranslatable languagesp. 34
Inexpressible factsp. 44
Is the Tarskian criterion of ineffability vacuous?p. 48
Mysticism, epistemic boundedness, and ineffabilityp. 52
The argument from epistemic boundednessp. 53
The argument from mysticismp. 74
Believing the mysticp. 97
Five types of ineffabilityp. 135
Unrepresentabilityp. 135
Unabducibilityp. 140
Unselectability and unexecutabilityp. 146
Unreportabilityp. 149
Referencesp. 158
Indexp. 163
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ISBN: 9780415339704
ISBN-10: 0415339707
Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Philosophy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 17th December 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1