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Logic and the Linguistic Turn

Logic and the Linguistic Turn

Michael Potter (Cambridge) answers these questions:

Can you start by explaining what we mean when we talk about the linguistic turn in philosophy?

Why do you think that Wittgenstein thought that all philosophical questions could be answered by language?

And where do you think they are mistaken in this?

You’ve spoken previously about the development of modern logic, and its impact on the linguistic turn in 20th century philosophy. Could you perhaps elaborate on that?

You’ve described how the study of language was seen as the sole role of philosophy only for a brief period in the inter-war years. Subsequently, what do you think the contribution of the linguistic turn has been for 20th century philosophy, through to today

To conclude, then, the way that the linguistic turn was previously seen as a brave and bold new way of doing philosophy, is there anything we’re looking at now, any new methodologies or ways of thinking about doing philosophy that we can look forward to for having such a radical effect on the field?

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