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Words and Things

A Critical Account of Linguistic Philosophy and a Study in Ideology

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Words and Things by Ernest Gellner
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When Ernest Gellner was his early thirties, he took it upon himself to challenge the prevailing philosophical orthodoxy of the day, Linguistic Philosophy. Finding a powerful ally in Bertrand Russell, who provided the foreword for this book, Gellner embarked on the project that was to put him on the intellectual map. "Words and Things" was the first determined attempt to state the premises and operational rules of the movement. The basic charge was that Linguistic Philosophy was an aberrant, trivializing perversion of good philosophical practice, substituting, in place of honest theorizing and argument, pedantic scrutiny of intrinsically uninteresting detail. When this now-famous critique originally appeared in 1959, it created a scandal, causing a flurry of correspondence in the Times. "Words and Things" remains the most devastating attack on a conventional wisdom in philosophy to this day.
Release date NZ
July 1st, 2011
Contributor
Introduction by Bertrand Russell
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Literary Licensing, LLC
Pages
270
Dimensions
152x229x19
ISBN-13
9781258060053
Product ID
18281842

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