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

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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, 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 ...
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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, 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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780415076791
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/23/1993
  • Series: History of Linguistic Thought Series
  • Pages: 300
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I The overture to the Enlightenment debate: language in the interstices of the intellectual and physical nature of humanity 1
1 Interpretations of language as an argument for and against dualism: Descartes and his sensualistic opponents in the seventeenth century 3
2 Language and the affects in the Port-Royal Logic 24
3 Cordemoy and dualism: consequences of a Cartesian theory of signs 33
4 The Cartesian argument: rationalism and empiricism in Bernard Lamy's conception of language 38
5 Language and sense perception in the controversy between Arnauld and Malebranche 44
6 Language and the epistemological evaluation of the senses from Descartes to Locke and Du Bos: the outcome of the seventeenth century 51
Pt. II Language, anthropology and history in the Enlightenment 61
7 A century of controversy 63
8 From Locke to Condillac: the development of the sensualistic theory of language 70
9 Grammar, philosophy, anthropology: the problem of word order 111
10 The origin of language and the historical view of humanity 134
11 Language and evolutionary thinking 149
12 The "abuse of words" 160
13 Language and knowledge: theoretical sources of the "Linguistic Relativity" of cognition 174
14 The French Enlightenment and its aftermath: linguistic theory and language debates from the Enlightenment to the Restoration 191
15 Concluding remarks: assessment of the discussion of language in the French Enlightenment 226
Notes 233
Bibliography 259
Index 281
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