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The Linguistic Turn: Essays in Philosophical Method


For much of the 20th century, it was quite fashionable to believe that philosophical problems were all problems of language, and that if philosophers paid close enough attention to ordinary usage (or, alternately, devised an ideal language free of the muddles and inconsistencies of ordinary language), then philosophical problems would simply disappear. This was the linguistic turn. I have a number of anthologies on this movement, and Rorty's is far and away the best. Rorty has assembled some of the finest examples of ordinary language philosophy (such as Malcolm's "Moore and Ordinary Language") and ideal language philosophy (like Carnap's "Empiricism, Semantics and Ontology"). But most of the volume is taken up with critical evaluations and appraisals of these movements in philosophy. Rorty's selections are extremely judicious and show a real mastery of the field.

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