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ERIC Number: ED052185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 271
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Rhetoricians on Language and Meaning: An Ordinary Language Philosophy Critique.
Stewart, John Robert
Ordinary language philosophers content that language is not a unified, consistent system but a form of ordinary human behavior. The assumption by rhetoricians that language is fundamentally a system of symbols is thus unsound, for three reasons: (1) it does not consistently explain which language entities function as symbols; (2) it cannot by itself account for the nature of nonsymbolic terms; and (3) when an attempt is made to account for such terms, the theory of abstraction is employed, this theory being based on the incorrect assumption that all words ultimately represent objects. The ordinary language philosophers' view of language and meaning appears to be valid and useful. (Author/DB)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California