Sunday, February 15, 2009

Speech Acts

I'm trying to digest this essay on the Searle-Derrida controversy over the nature of parasitic speech acts. It is very interesting, and it mentions Humpty-Dumpty. There's glory for you!

The fact that Derrida disagrees with Searle has endeared the former to me as a philosopher. After all, is Searle manages to be so unflinchingly wrong on the subject of philosophy of the mind, he'll likely be wrong about philosophy of language too!

Not being very familiar with this latter field, I'm getting a bit lost. I wonder if the debate over speech acts is somehow related to Quine's indeterminacy of translation.

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