File Download

There are no files associated with this item.

  Links for fulltext
     (May Require Subscription)
Supplementary

Article: Why the semantics of 'good' and 'bad' isn't good enough: Popular science and the 'language crux'

TitleWhy the semantics of 'good' and 'bad' isn't good enough: Popular science and the 'language crux'
Authors
KeywordsIntegrationism
Nature vs. culture
Science of morality
Surrogationalism
The language of science
Issue Date2011
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/langsci
Citation
Language Sciences, 2011, v. 33 n. 4, p. 551-558 How to Cite?
AbstractNeuroscientists have recently advanced the thesis that science can answer moral questions, dismissing philosophical questions as irrelevant to such an enterprise. The American science writers Sam Harris and Michael Shermer have been particularly instrumental in popularizing this new science, which is ultimately to replace religion as the only reliable guide to truth. The present article looks at the unstated language philosophies underlying Sam Harris and Michael Shermer's discourse when addressing lay audiences, and seeks to show that their linguistic assumptions are 'mythical', insofar as they support a virtually unchallenged (however flawed) view of how language relates to reality, inherited in its entirety from Greek philosophers unacquainted with neuroscience. This article adopts an integrational critique of language: it aims at promoting an integrational semiology as the epistemological foundation of all sciences, including a science of morality. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/137160
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 0.79
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.377
ISI Accession Number ID
References

 

DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorPablé, Aen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-26T14:13:29Z-
dc.date.available2011-08-26T14:13:29Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_HK
dc.identifier.citationLanguage Sciences, 2011, v. 33 n. 4, p. 551-558en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0388-0001en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/137160-
dc.description.abstractNeuroscientists have recently advanced the thesis that science can answer moral questions, dismissing philosophical questions as irrelevant to such an enterprise. The American science writers Sam Harris and Michael Shermer have been particularly instrumental in popularizing this new science, which is ultimately to replace religion as the only reliable guide to truth. The present article looks at the unstated language philosophies underlying Sam Harris and Michael Shermer's discourse when addressing lay audiences, and seeks to show that their linguistic assumptions are 'mythical', insofar as they support a virtually unchallenged (however flawed) view of how language relates to reality, inherited in its entirety from Greek philosophers unacquainted with neuroscience. This article adopts an integrational critique of language: it aims at promoting an integrational semiology as the epistemological foundation of all sciences, including a science of morality. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/langscien_HK
dc.relation.ispartofLanguage Sciencesen_HK
dc.subjectIntegrationismen_HK
dc.subjectNature vs. cultureen_HK
dc.subjectScience of moralityen_HK
dc.subjectSurrogationalismen_HK
dc.subjectThe language of scienceen_HK
dc.titleWhy the semantics of 'good' and 'bad' isn't good enough: Popular science and the 'language crux'en_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=0388-0001&volume=33&issue=4&spage=551&epage=558&date=2011&atitle=Why+the+semantics+of+%27good%27+and+%27bad%27+isn%27t+good+enough:+popular+science+and+the+%27language+crux%27-
dc.identifier.emailPablé, A: apable@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.authorityPablé, A=rp01171en_HK
dc.description.naturelink_to_subscribed_fulltext-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.langsci.2011.04.024en_HK
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-79956075022en_HK
dc.identifier.hkuros189265en_US
dc.relation.referenceshttp://www.scopus.com/mlt/select.url?eid=2-s2.0-79956075022&selection=ref&src=s&origin=recordpageen_HK
dc.identifier.volume33en_HK
dc.identifier.issue4en_HK
dc.identifier.spage551en_HK
dc.identifier.epage558en_HK
dc.identifier.eissn1873-5746-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000291917800011-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridPablé, A=17435032500en_HK
dc.identifier.citeulike9281322-

Export via OAI-PMH Interface in XML Formats


OR


Export to Other Non-XML Formats