Critique of Language
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Around 1900, a way of thinking about language criticism formed in linguistics, philosophy, and literature, marked by a radical language skepticism, which is mainly associated with the names of Fritz Mauthner (1849-1923) and Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951). On the one hand, this form of language criticism dissociates itself from theories which suggest a common origin of languag…

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Hartung, Gerald, “Critique of Language”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 18 June 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0827>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401



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