Saussures Philosophy of Language as Phenomenology: Undoing the Doctrine of the Course in General…

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byBeata Stawarska

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This book draws on recent developments in research on Ferdinand de Saussure's general linguistics to challenge the structuralist doctrine associated with the posthumous Course in General Linguistics (1916) and to develop a new philosophical interpretation of Saussure's conception of languagebased solely on authentic source materials. This project follows two new editorial paradigms: 1. a critical re-examination of the 1916 Course in light of the relevant sources and 2. a reclamation of the historically authentic materials from Saussure's Nachlass, some of them recently discovered. In Stawarska's book, this editorial paradigm shift serves to expose the difficulties surrounding the official Saussurean doctrine with its sets of oppositional pairings: the signifier and the signified; la langue and la parole; synchrony and diachrony. The book therefore puts pressure not only onthe validity of the posthumous editorial redaction of Saussure's course in general linguistics in the Course, but also on its structuralist and post-structuralist legacy within the works of Levi-Strauss, Lacan, and Derrida. Its constructive contribution consists in reclaiming the writings fromSaussure's Nachlass in the service of a linguistic phenomenology, which intersects individual expression in the present with historically sedimented social conventions. Stawarska develops such a conception of language by engaging Saussure's own reflections with relevant writings by Hegel, Husserl, Roman Jakobson, and Merleau-Ponty. Finally, she enriches her philosophical critique with a detailed historical account of the material and institutional processes thatled to the ghostwriting and legitimizing the Course as official Saussurean doctrine.

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This book draws on recent developments in research on Ferdinand de Saussure's general linguistics to challenge the structuralist doctrine associated with the posthumous Course in General Linguistics (1916) and to develop a new philosophical interpretation of Saussure's conception of languagebased solely on authentic source materials. T...

Beata Stawarska is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. She is an author of Between You and I: Dialogical Phenomenology (Ohio UP, 2009) and a number of essays in contemporary European Philosophy. Recent recipient of the Humboldt Fellowship for Advanced Researchers, Stawarska is an expert in phenomenology, str...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:February 26, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I. 'Saussurean doctrine' and its discontents1. The signifier and the signified2. Phonocentrism: Derrida3. La langue and la parole, synchrony and diachronyPart II. General linguistics: science and/or philosophy of language4. Involuntary assumption of substance, and points of view in linguistics5. Saussure's general linguistics as linguistic phenomenology6. Contributions to linguistic phenomenology: Hegel, Husserl, Merleau-PontyPart III. The Inception and the Reception of the 'Saussurean doctrine': the Course7. The Editorial inception of the Course: Bally and Sechehaye8. Structuralist and post-structuralist reception of the Course: Levi-Strauss, Lacan, DerridaAppendix 1. English translations of the CourseAppendix 2. Saussure's silenceBibliography