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Linguistic Turns, 1890-1950Writing on Language as Social Theory$
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Ken Hirschkop

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198745778

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198745778.001.0001

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Motorways and Cul-de-Sacs—What the Linguistic Turns Turned To

(p.271) Conclusion
Linguistic Turns, 1890-1950

Ken Hirschkop

Oxford University Press

The conclusion examines the situation after the Second World War. It shows how the linguistic turn in analytic philosophy ended and how the social democratic settlement in Western Europe gave birth to the new linguistic turns known as structuralism. The author explores the former by examining the career of Richard Rorty and the latter by looking at how Roland Barthes combines ideas from Saussure with a project for a radical analysis of French everyday life in the Mythologies. The book concludes with a review of how the various linguistic turns overinvested in the idea of language.

Keywords:   Richard Rorty, Roland Barthes, analytic philosophy, structuralism, social democracy, ideology

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