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Giving a DamnEssays in Dialogue with John Haugeland$
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Zed Adams and Jacob Browning

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035248

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035248.001.0001

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Language Embodied and Embedded: Walking the Talk

Language Embodied and Embedded: Walking the Talk

(p.161) 5 Language Embodied and Embedded: Walking the Talk
Giving a Damn

Mark Lance

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Linguistic practice, from a broadly Heideggerian perspective, begins in engaged competence. When we consider the role that simple verbalizations play in social practice, the only distinctive feature of the linguistic is that it is communicative. In this chapter, I raise the question of how a communicative performance functioning as part of a socially articulated practical comportment can come to exhibit a force/content distinction. If we understand linguistic performances as fully integrated into worldly practices, they seem to reside not in a space of reasons, but a space of practical utility. I claim that the force/content distinction, as well as the very idea of objective purport, arise only once we institute norms that allow performances in one context of social practice to be re-identified and thus have implications for the propriety of acts in another context. The distinction between such inter-contextual standards of re-identification and the immediate standards instituted by local practice is the pragmatic cash-value of a force/content distinction. And this, in turn, is a crucial necessary condition on any performance purporting to characterize things as they are. Framed in the Heideggerian terms that Haugeland was so fond of, we can say that the structure of Being-with is essentially federal.

Keywords:   John Haugeland, Pragmatics, Language, Objectivity, Heidegger, Normativity, Objective Purport

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