Philosophy of Language


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Essay/Cultures & Languages

Is linguistics a science?

Much of linguistic theory is so abstract and dependent on theoretical apparatus that it might be impossible to explain

Arika Okrent

Idea/Philosophy of Language

Who needs a perfect language? It’s already perfectly imperfect

Charlie Huenemann

Idea/Cultures & Languages

Stuck on one idea of truth or beauty? Rhizomes can help

Nicholas Tampio

Essay/Law & Justice

The legal imagination

Hypotheticals, fantastical beings, and a fictional omnibus: legal reasoning is made supple by its use of the imagination

Maksymilian Del Mar

Idea/History of Ideas

How playing Wittgensteinian language-games can set us free

Sandy Grant

Essay/Metaphysics

Unspeakable things

Life's most meaningful experiences can leave us tongue-tied. What can be said, let alone understood, about the unsayable?

Silvia Jonas

Essay/Philosophy of Language

Chomsky, Wolfe and me

I took on Noam Chomsky’s ideas about language and unleashed a decade of debate and ridicule. But is my argument wrong?

Daniel Everett

Video/Art

How René Magritte turned philosophy into painting

7 minutes

Essay/Cultures & Languages

Euphemise this

Euphemisms are like underwear: best changed frequently. What work are they doing in our language and why do they expire?

John McWhorter

Idea/Evolution

The link between language and cognition is a red herring

Frans de Waal

Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

Listening to speech has remarkable effects on a baby’s brain

Sandra Waxman

Idea/Stories & Literature

How philosophy came to disdain the wisdom of oral cultures

Justin E H Smith

Video/Philosophy of Language

Does the meaning of words rest in our private minds or in our shared experience?

2 minutes

Essay/Cultures & Languages

More than words

Human communication is a glorious chaos. And images, from art to emojis, sometimes say it so much better than language can

Thom Scott-Phillips

Essay/Cultures & Languages

Naughty words

What makes swear words so offensive? It’s not their meaning or even their sound. Is language itself a red herring here?

Rebecca Roache

ORIGINAL
Video/Ethics

You messed up. You’re in trouble. But don’t worry, logical positivism can help

6 minutes