Volume 17, Issue 3, 2017
On Stephen Neale’s manuscript "Silent Reference"
The Power of Language
Discussion of Charles Taylor’s The Language Animal: The Full Shape of the Human Linguistic Capacity
The paper is a discussion of Charles Taylor’s recent book The Language Animal. The criticism of Taylor’s view of language clusters around two main themes: first, that he seems to “mysterianize” language somewhat, whereas the topics he addresses can be adequately dealt with within standard formal approaches in the philosophy of language and cognitive science; second, that his focus on language is in many cases misplaced, and should indeed be replaced with a focus on human conceptual structure, which language only fragmentarily expresses.