By Roger W. Holmes

Книга посвящена исследованию философии крупнейшего представителя итальянского неогегельянства – Джованни Джентиле (1875 – 1944). Рассматривается предыстория итальянского неогегельянства в целом, общие особенности актуализма Джентиле и его концепция, изложенная в труде «Sistema di logica».

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We have pointed out several times that contemporary philosophers language take the declarative assertion as the fundamental build- . ' and `Lol' ing block of language. But now notice an interesting effect of this starting point: if we assume that the essence of discourse is captured by the functioning of declaratives, then, since declaratives are essentially impersonal and agent-neutral, we exclude from the start the possibility of discovering that some agent-relative, voiced dimensions of language play an important role in constituting or enabling meaningful discursive practices within a linguistic community.

What interests us here is specifically that the difference between these two utterances I seems to he one of pragmatic function, and not one of semantics. " as some cluster of declaratives, we do not capture its crucial function of expressing (rather than asserting) the speaker's observational recognition of the fact that Willard is on the mat. The temptation to try to capture the difference at the level of propositional content, we think, is motivated by the tendency of philosophers to privilege semantics over pragmatics, and declarative pragmatic struc- ObsenTatives and the Pragmatics of Perception 57 tures over others, with the result that all differences between utterances tend to be understood, if at all possible, as differences in semantic con:.

I I I ^il 9. : Harvard University Press, 2003); C. L. Stevenson, Ethics and Language (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1944). " Observatives often lack explicit propositional content. " at all). " is certainly idiomatic among Hollywood pirates. If we insist upon understanding observatives as a subcategory of declaratives, then we must read them as expressing their propositional content elliptically. But this introduces apparent arbitrariness when it comes to filling in the ellipsis. "? There seems no principled way to choose among the numerous declaratives that serve as output to the observative, and this makes the declaratival analysis seem decidedly ad hoc.

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