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Disclosing the WorldOn the Phenomenology of Language$
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Andrew Inkpin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033916

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033916.001.0001

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Introduction: A Phenomenological Approach to Language

Introduction: A Phenomenological Approach to Language

(p.1) Introduction: A Phenomenological Approach to Language
Disclosing the World

Andrew Inkpin

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A brief sketch of certain kinds of experience in which language is used in practical contexts and in forming thoughts is used to motivate the question of what role language plays in revealing or ‘disclosing’ the world to us in an articulate manner. Having suggested that answering this question requires an approach that is minimally phenomenological, defined by the aim of accurately describing speakers’ experience of language, the chapter considers what this commitment implies for a conception of language and how minimalist phenomenology relates to historical precedents in the phenomenological tradition inaugurated by Husserl. The chapter concludes by outlining the book’s overall argument, showing how three principal authors (Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and Wittgenstein (are brought together in the following chapters to yield a phenomenological view of language’s role in world disclosure.

Keywords:   experience of language, minimalist phenomenology, phenomenological tradition, Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Wittgenstein, world disclosure

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