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Spell of Language: Poststructuralism and Speculation (Thomas G Pavel) Paperback Book, (University of Chicago Press, 1989) 9780226650678
Spell of Language: Poststructuralism and Speculation (Thomas G Pavel) Paperback Book, (University of Chicago Press, 1989) 9780226650678
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Title: The Spell of Language: Poststructuralism and Speculation

Author: Pavel, Thomas G

Publisher: U of Chicago Press; Publication Date: 1989

Paperback; ISBN: 9780226650678

Volumes: 1; Pages: 184

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Originally published as Le Mirage linguistique, this book remains the definitive study of the role of linguistics in structuralism and poststructuralism. Thomas Pavel examines recent French thought through the work of luminaries such as Lvi-Strauss, Lacan, Foucault, and Derrida. The "spell of language" for Pavel consists of three things: the promise that linguistics seemed to represent for the humanities and social sciences; the distortions, misunderstandings, and willful neglect incumbent upon the "linguistic turn"; and, above all, the break with traditional humanism. He isolates three modes of thought-moderate structuralism, scientific structuralism, and speculative structuralism-and shows how even as they diverge from each other, they all advocate an antihumanist point of view.In this spirited book, Pavel shows that structuralism's flawed use of linguistic theory has rendered hollow the philosophical core of a whole generation of work in the human sciences."One of the most rewarding books I have read. ... So comprehensive is [Pavel's] understanding that this ... is an excellent guide to the historical developments of linguistic science."--Philosophical BooksTable of ContentsPreface1. The Order of Language2. Technology and Regression3. The Transcendental Ties of Linguistics4. Games of Dispersion and the Correspondence Fallacy5. On Conventionalism in Poetics6. On Discretionary Intellectual BehaviourPost-Scriptum: The Heidegger AffairNotesReferencesIndex
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