Language Alone by Geoffrey Galt Harpham
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Language Alone
By Geoffrey Galt Harpham

Language Alone

The Critical Fetish of Modernity

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Language Alone by Geoffrey Galt Harpham

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How did the concept of language come to dominate modern intellectual history? In Language Alone, Geoffrey Galt Harpham provides at once the most comprehensive survey and most telling critique of the pervasive role of language in modern thought. He shows how thinkers in such diverse fields as philosophy, psychoanalysis, anthropology, and literary theory have made progress by referring their most difficult theoretical problems to what they presumed were the facts of language. Through a provocative reassessment of major thinkers on the idea of language-Saussure, Wittgenstein, Derrida, Rorty, and Chomsky, among them-and detailed accounts of the discourses of ethics and ideology in particular, Harpham demonstrates a remarkable consensus among intellectuals of the past century and beyond that philosophical and other problems can best be understood as linguistic problems. And furthermore, that a science of language can therefore illuminate them. Conspicuously absent from this consensus, he shows, is any consideration of contemporary linguistics, or any awareness of the growing agreement among linguists that the nature of language as such cannot be known. Ultimately, Harpham argues, the thought of language has dominated modern intellectual history because of its singular capacity to serve as a proxy for a host of concerns, questions, and anxieties-our place in the order of things, our rights and obligations, our nature or essence-that resist a strictly rational formulation. Language Alone will interest literary critics, philosophers, and anyone with an interest in the uses of language in contemporary thought.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415942188
ISBN-10: 0415942187
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Character of Criticism by Geoffrey Galt Harpham Character of Criticism, Paperback (August 2006)

Argues that the most powerful and effective criticism demands to be read as an expression of a distinctive sensibility, a way of being in the world, it demands, in other words, to be read as a discourse of character. This work unfolds the complex and indirect ways in which human character is expressed in criticism.

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This is an accessible guide to the ways in which critical discourses from deconstruction to feminism to linguistics have made use of the scientific and philosophical ideal of 'language itself'.

One of Us by Geoffrey Galt Harpham One of Us, Paperback (February 1997)

Geoffrey Galt Harpham delves not only into Conrad's literary work and reputation but also into the concept of mastery. The text outlines a psychology of composition that embraces Conrad's personal as well as historical circumstances.

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Author Biography - Geoffrey Galt Harpham

Geoffrey Galt Harpham is Professor of English at Tulane University. His many books include On the Grotesque, The Ascetic Imperative in Culture and Criticism, Getting It Right: Language, Literature, and Ethics, One of Us: The Mastery of Joseph Conrad, and Shadows of Ethics: Criticism and the Just Society.

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