- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press (April 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226894800
- ISBN-13: 978-0226894805
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,065,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Edge of Meaning
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From Library Journal
While this study makes for interesting reading, it is in one sense a disappointment. White's writing is fluid and engaging, yet he doesn't bring into clear focus exactly what he is trying to accomplish. We come nearest, perhaps, in his preface, where he writes that he is trying to understand "what in English we call 'meaning' in our experience." However, the question of the nature of meaning is very much a concern of contemporary linguistic philosophy (see, e.g., Robert Brandom's Articulating Reasons: An Introduction to Inferentialism, LJ 6/1/00), but White (law, English, and classical studies, Univ. of Michigan) shows no awareness of the work in this area. He instead examines a series of literary, philosophical, poetic, and legal texts from ancient times to the present, adding interesting comments about his own life experiences along the way. Because of the wide range of topics and ideas discussed here e.g., Thoughts from Walden Pond, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Odyssey, reading Greek, Phaedrus, rhetoric, love, and Vermeer this book will appeal to the generalist and is recommended on that basis. Leon H. Brody, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Lib., Washington, DC
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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