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Models and Metaphors: Studies in Language and Philosophy Hardcover – February 28, 1962

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  • Hardcover: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; First Edition edition (February 28, 1962)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801400414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801400414
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,398,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Claude Prevots on February 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What's the big deal about ordinary language? And Bertrand Russell asked rhetorically, "Why should we listen to what silly people have to say?" Max Black has ever been an advocate of plain talk. He exhibits what is the big deal about ordinary language in his book: The Labyrinth of Language. There he deals with the great issues in philosophy as he speaks plainly to all who will attend. He is not a silly person.

There are jokers who jest with issues in philosophy but as philosophers they are failures. Tom Cathcart and Dan Klein in their book Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar . . . give the world silly but sage observations worthy of a standup comic. Leave them to those comedians who can savor their wit. Get Lily Tomlin: "There will be sex after death, we just won't be able to feel it." She appears in Eileen Bertelli's little red book: The NO GOOD DIRTY ROTTEN LOW DOWN Book of Love. With jokes we are caught in a labyrinth and have not Ariadne's thread to escape the Minotaur.

Philosophy is no joke! To encounter writings of a genuine philosopher, you ought to read what Susan Neiman writes in her book: Moral Clarity. She takes a serious inquirer through the Enlightenment with wit, humor and thorough mastery of her field.

With passages in these contrasting books we are able to see what aspects language can give us, and we can see in Max Black's book the world as significant in a way open to plain folks. He plays in language games to give us extraordinary insight into ordinary language and philosophical issues arising in it.

Bertrand Russell worked to make philosophy more scientific. Lisa Randall works in particle physics and cosmology to make science more philosophical, but in a way peculiar to quantum theory.
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