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Ineffability and Philosophy
     

Ineffability and Philosophy

by Andre Kukla
 

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ISBN-10: 0415339707

ISBN-13: 9780415339704

Pub. Date: 12/17/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415339704
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/17/2004
Series:
Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Philosophy Series
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Ineffability-the very idea     1
Indescribable entities     2
The Tarskian approach     10
Four or five grades of ineffability     23
Untranslatable languages     34
Inexpressible facts     44
Is the Tarskian criterion of ineffability vacuous?     48
Mysticism, epistemic boundedness, and ineffability     52
The argument from epistemic boundedness     53
The argument from mysticism     74
Believing the mystic     97
Five types of ineffability     135
Unrepresentability     135
Unabducibility     140
Unselectability and unexecutability     146
Unreportability     149
References     158
Index     163

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