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LINGUIST List 16.1909

Tue Jun 21 2005

Books: Discourse Analysis/Semantics: Harris

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        1.    Jennifer Lovel, The Semantics of Science: Harris

Message 1: The Semantics of Science: Harris
Date: 21-Jun-2005
From: Jennifer Lovel <jlovelcontinuumbooks.com>
Subject: The Semantics of Science: Harris

Title: The Semantics of Science
Published: 2005
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd

Author: Roy Harris, University of Oxford
Hardback: ISBN: 0826484506 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 75
Paperback: ISBN: 0826478476 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 25

In The Semantics of Science Roy Harris challenges a number of long-accepted
assumptions about science and scientific discourse. According to Harris,
science - like art, religion and history - is one of the supercategories
adopted by modern societies for explaining and justifying certain types of
human activity. Harris argues that these supercategories are themselves
verbal constructs, and thus language-dependent. Each supercategory has its
own semantics. The function of the supercategory is to integrate what would
otherwise be unconnected forms of inquiry, and the result of such
integrations is to draw a certain map of our intellectual world.

Among the questions tackled are: Is mathematics a language? Does the
language of science go beyond the bounds of common sense? And if so, on
what basis?

In a wide-ranging historical survey, Harris rejects the view that the
Greeks or medieval thinkers had any concept of scientific inquiry that
corresponds to our own. He pays close attention to the early work of the
Royal Society and to the twentieth-century semantic crisis caused by
attempting to integrate Einsteinian relativity and quantum mechanics.

This lucidly written book will be of interest to all those engaged in
linguistics, semiotics, philosophy of science and cultural studies.

Roy Harris is Emeritus Professor of General Linguistics at the University
of Oxford and editor of the journal Language and Communication. He is the
author of The Necessity of Artspeak.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (ENG )

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Multilingual Matters http://www.multilingual-matters.com/
Pacific Linguistics http://pacling.anu.edu.au/
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