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Husserl's semantics: Mending Husserl with Husserl

Ruthrof, H. (2012) Husserl's semantics: Mending Husserl with Husserl. Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations, 11 . pp. 11-41.


The paper argues for a way of bringing Husserl 19s semantics in Logical Investigations up to date by drawing on a variety of critical tools gleaned from his later writings. My argument proceeds in two steps. (1) I offer a summary of the main ingredients of Husserl 19s theorization of natural language, with an emphasis on his description of linguistic meaning as a Platonic ideal species. (2) The paper gathers a number of concepts from Husserl 19s later works up to Experience and Judgment for the kind of repair work that could make his semantics once more a competitive candidate in the arena of natural language semantics. I do so by reformulating Husserl 19s approach in terms of a 18semantics of imaginability 19.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Publisher: Addleton Academic Publishers
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