New Books Network Podcast: „Language Vs. Reality: Why Language Is Good for Lawyers and Bad for Scientists“

Das Buch von Nick Enfield wurde am 23.3.2022 im New Books Net­work vorgestellt:

Nick Enfield’s book, Lan­guage vs. Real­i­ty: Why Lan­guage is Good for Lawyers and Bad for Sci­en­tists (MIT Press, 2022), argues that lan­guage is pri­mar­i­ly for social coor­di­na­tion, not pre­cise­ly trans­fer­ring thoughts from one per­son to anoth­er. Draw­ing on empir­i­cal research, Enfield shows that human lex­i­cons the world over are far more coarse-grained than our per­cep­tu­al fac­ul­ties. Yet, at the same time, lan­guages vary in the struc­ture and sophis­ti­ca­tion of their rep­re­sen­ta­tions. This means that, for instance, how dif­fer­ent lan­guages carve up the world influ­ences not only how their speak­ers talk about the world, but also how they think about it. The book explores a range of lin­guis­tic phe­nom­e­na, from lex­i­cal diver­si­ty to lin­guis­tic fram­ing to the effects of nar­ra­tive. As a result of under­stand­ing how lan­guage shapes our under­stand­ing of real­i­ty, Enfield argues that we can make more informed—and more ethical—decisions about our own lan­guage use, as indi­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties.

Der Host dieser Folge:

Mal­colm Keat­ing is Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Phi­los­o­phy at Yale-NUS Col­lege. His research focus­es on San­skrit phi­los­o­phy of lan­guage and epis­te­mol­o­gy. He is the author of Lan­guage, Mean­ing, and Use in Indi­an Phi­los­o­phy (Blooms­bury Press, 2019) and host of the pod­cast Sutras (and stuff).

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