Alexander Stern is a writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the LA Review of Books, among others. His book The Fall of Language: Benjamin and Wittgenstein on Meaning (2019) was recently published by Harvard University Press.
Philosophy of language
The way words mean
Words stand for things in the world, and they stand apart from it. Perhaps meaning is more sunken into words than we realise?
Meaning and the good life
Authenticity is a sham
From monks to existentialists and hipsters, the search for a true self has been a centuries-long project. Should we give it up?