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In any event, as someone who has by now read a lot of work in this field (and who has only gotten about half-way through the book), Garth Hallett gives us some great stuff to chew on. He has found a thread through the analytic tradition that caught me by surprise and makes me want to reread the book to really ponder.
The best (but perhaps feeble) way I can categorize this is as neo-Wittgensteinian. It is as if he saying "let's think again about what we mean by linguistic philosophy and, in particular, the concept of ordinary language." I don't quite get his thesis yet, but he finds wonderful places to explore it -- philosophers who are new to me (Flew) or sides of philosophers I hadn't read about before (Russell). I find it much richer and more exciting than other overviews of linguistic philosophy.
Bottom line, I am getting, with practically each chapter, new perspectives on linguistic philosophy, and I really admire that. This is not to say I think Hallett is a great philosopher or a great writer (hence my comparison to Stroud earlier). Much as I am grateful to both these authors with expanding my vision and insight, they don't make my jaw drop like for instance Sellars. But I have to congratulate him on succeeding, where many have failed, in illuminating new questions and stirring new thoughts in areas I thought had pretty much been picked clean. He makes philosophy fun in a very good sense of the word.Linguistic Philosophy: The Central Story (S U N Y Series in Philosophy) OverviewExplores the role language plays in the relationship between reality and utterance.
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