The Spell of Language: Poststructuralism and Speculation by Thomas G. Pavel, Linda Jordan
The Spell of Language: Poststructuralism and Speculation
Author: Thomas G. Pavel, Linda Jordan
Title: The Spell of Language: Poststructuralism and Speculation
ISBN10: 0226650677
ISBN13: 978-0226650678
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Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2001)
Language: English
Size pdf: 1309 kb
Size epub: 1880 kb
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Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Philosophy
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 Lévi-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.