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Linguistics, Anthropology and Philosophy in the French Enlightenment : A contribution to the history of the relationship between language theory and ideology - Ulrich Ricken

Linguistics, Anthropology and Philosophy in the French Enlightenment

A contribution to the history of the relationship between language theory and ideology

Hardcover Published: 2nd December 1993
ISBN: 9780415076791
Number Of Pages: 300

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"Linguistics, Anthropology and Philosophy in the French Enlightenment" treats the development of linguistic thought from Descartes to Degerando as both a part of and a determining factor in the emergence of modern consciousness. Through his careful analyses of works by the most influential thinkers of the time, author Ulrich Ricken demonstrates that the central significance of language in the philosophy of the enlightenment is how it reflected and acted upon contemporary understanding of humanity as a whole.
Although primarily focused on French thought between 1650 and 1800, the author discusses contemporary developments in England, Germany and Italy and covers an unusually broad range of writers and ideas, including Leibniz, Wolff, Herder and Humboldt. This study places the history of language philosophy within the broader context of the history of ideas, aesthetics and historical anthropology and will be of interest to scholars working in these disciplines.

Introductionp. vii
The Overture to the Enlightenment Debate: Language in the Interstices of the Intellectual and Physical Nature of Humanityp. 1
Interpretations of Language as an Argument for and against Dualism: Descartes and His Sensualistic Opponents in the Seventeenth Centuryp. 3
Language and the Affects in the Port-Royal Logicp. 24
Cordemoy and Dualism: Consequences of a Cartesian Theory of Signsp. 33
The Cartesian Argument: Rationalism and Empiricism in Bernard Lamy's Conception of Languagep. 38
Language and Sense Perception in the Controversy between Arnauld and Malebranchep. 44
Language and the Epistemological Evaluation of the Senses from Descartes to Locke and Du Bos: The Outcome of the Seventeenth Centuryp. 51
Language, Anthropology and History in the Enlightenmentp. 61
A Century of Controversyp. 63
From Locke to Condillac: The Development of the Sensualistic Theory of Languagep. 70
Grammar, Philosophy, Anthropology: The Problem of Word Orderp. 111
The Origin of Language and the Historical View of Humanityp. 134
Language and Evolutionary Thinkingp. 149
The ""Abuse of Words""p. 160
Language and Knowledge: Theoretical Sources of the ""Linguistic Relativity"" of Cognitionp. 174
The French Enlightenment and Its Aftermath: Linguistic Theory and Language Debates from the Enlightenment to the Restorationp. 191
Concluding Remarks: Assessment of the Discussion of Language in the French Enlightenmentp. 226
Notesp. 233
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9780415076791
ISBN-10: 041507679X
Series: Routledge History of Linguistic Thought Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 2nd December 1993
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1