Signs, Science and Politics

Philosophies of language in Europe 1700–1830

| University of Rome
ISBN 9789027245571 (Eur) | EUR 105.00
ISBN 9781556193651 (USA) | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027276889 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
This book tells the story of how 18th-century European philosophy used Locke's theory of signs to build a natural history of speech and to investigate the semiotic tools with which nature and civil society can be controlled. The story ends at the point where this approach to language sciences was called into question. Its epilogue is the description of the birth of an alternative between empiricism and idealism in late 18th- and early 19th-century theories of language. This alternative has given rise to such irreducible dichotomies as empirical linguistics vs. speculative linguistics, philosophies of linguistics vs. philosophy of language. Since then philosophers have largely given up reflecting on linguistic practice and have left the burden of unifying and interpreting empirical research data to professional linguists, limiting themselves to the study of foundations and to purely self-contemplative undertakings. The theoretical and institutional relevance to the present of the problems arising from this situation is in itself a sufficient reason for casting our minds back over a period in which, as in no other, linguistic research was an integral part of the encyclopaedia of knowledge, and in which philosophers reflected, and encouraged reflection, upon the semiotic instruments of science and politics.
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Table of Contents
0. Preface and Acknowledgments
1. The Semiotic Control of Experience
1.1 Towards a natural history of speech
1.2 Language and the “way of ideas”
1.3 Semiotics and philosophy
1.4 The theory of signs and the metaphysical revival
2. The Semiotic Control of Civil Society
2.1 “Sapienza ben parlante” or: the use of eloquence
2.2 Linguistic theory and reformist philosophy in Italy
2.3. Theories of language in Italy from Revolution to Restoration
2.4 Theories of language and theories of power in France
3. The Birth of Idealism in Linguistics: The History of a Transition
3.1 Transcendental subjectivity and language
3.2 Linguistics and transcendental philosophy
3.3 A critique of linguistic transcendentalism
3.4 Conclusions
A. Primary sources
B. Secondary sources
Index of Authors
Index of Subjects & Terms
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