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Jean-Jacques Lecercle

The purpose of this book is to give a precise meaning to the formula: English is the language of imperialism. Understanding that statement involves a critique of the dominant views of language, both in the field of linguistics (the book has a chapter criticising Chomsky’s research programme) and of the philosophy of language (the book has a chapter assessing Habermas’s philosophy of communicative action).
The book aims at constructing a Marxist philosophy of language, embodying a view of language as a social, historical, material and political phenomenon. Since there has never been a strong tradition of thinking about language in Marxism, the book provides an overview of the question of Marxism in language (from Stalin’s pamphlet to Voloshinov's book, taking in an essay by Pasolini), and it seeks to construct a number of concepts for a Marxist philosophy of language.
The book belongs to the tradition of Marxist critique of dominant ideologies. It should be particularly useful to those who, in the fields of language study, literature and communication studies, have decided that language is not merely an instrument of communication.

Jean-Jacques Lecercle

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Jean–Jacques Lecercle

This paper examines the process of othering between languages in Luigi Meneghello’s autobiographical work Il dispatrio. Besides offering a case study of an Italian author and scholar who others both the Italian and the English language in his writing, this study also uses a reading of Il dispatrio to question established philosophies of language in both linguistics and postcolonial criticism, arguing that each language is a philosophy in itself. This alternative conception of philosophy as a way of speaking and writing makes it possible to do away with narrow categories of cultural belonging, such as North–South or East–West, and to draw attention to the reciprocity of linguistic processes that shape every intercultural transaction, including those in Meneghello’s work.

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Edited by Jean-Jacques Lecercle and Françoise Kral

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Edited by Jean-Jacques Lecercle and Françoise Kral

Architecture and Philosophy

New Perspectives on the Work of Arakawa & Madeline Gins

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Edited by Jean-Jacques Lecercle and Françoise Kral

Architecture and Philosophy: New Perspectives on the Work of Arakawa and Madeline Gins is a collection of essays on the work of artist-architects Arakawa and Madeline Gins and in particular their book Architectural Body (2000). The essays approach their cutting edge and ambitious project to design 'an architecture against death' from various angles and disciplines including aesthetics, architecture, linguistics, philosophy. The papers retrace the place of Architectural Body in the aesthetic landscape of art at the turn of the 21st century and assess the utopian stance of their work.

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Edited by Jean-Jacques Lecercle and Françoise Kral