Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
What's in a Name?: Reflections on Language, Magic, and Religion
Foyalty 66

What's in a Name?: Reflections on Language, Magic, and Religion (Paperback)

£21.99
Not currently available to order online.
Email me when back in stock

Synopsis

We may smile to be told that, in some cultures, the eating of timid or ugly animals is believed to make the eater timid or ugly. Yet, equally fundamental misunderstandings of the relations between things, words and ideas are rife among Western thinkers. In this provocative essay, G.A. Wells identifies some influential mistakes about language embedded in the empiricist philosophical tradition of Locke, Russell and Ayer. Wells shows how these errors stimulated a religious backlash, in which faith became coupled with commonsense realism, in such writers as Keith Ward, Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Altizer. Similar misconceptions gave rise both to the behaviourism of Watson and Ryle, and to the anti-behaviourist Chomskyan reaction with its chimera of a "universal grammar". Magical thinking, the writer claims, derives from plausible errors concerning the efficacy of gestures and words, and survives even though these errors have been refuted. Wells illustrates the influence of misconceptions about language as they manifest themselves in contemporary religious apologetics.

Languages with Grant & CutlerLearning & Reference By SubjectPhilosophy of languageLanguages with Grant & CutlerLinguisticsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesWestern philosophyReligion & BeliefsOther Religions, Cults and alternatives to religionSpirituality & religious experienceReligion & BeliefsReligion: general Publisher: Open Court Publishing Co ,U.S. Publication Date: 18/11/1993 ISBN-13: 9780812692396  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
Availability: Not currently available to order online.  

More books by George Albert Wells

Leave Review

Delivery

Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.
 

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
Free UK Standard Delivery on Orders Over £25 (2nd Class)     3-5 Days
UK Standard Delivery (2nd Class) £2.99 £0.00 3-5 Days
UK 1st Class Delivery £3.99 £0.00 1-2 Days

Click & Collect / 
Delivery to a Foyles Bookshop

Click here for further information on Click & Collect during lockdown

Free Free From 2 hours - Individual item delivery times given at checkout
UK Courier* £7.95 £0.00 1 Working Day
Western Europe**Airmail £9.00 £1.00 7-8 Days
Rest of World Airmail £12.50 £1.00 7-10 Days

* For courier service please contact the Charing Cross Road store

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Click and Collect is available for all our shops; collection times will vary depending on availability of items. Individual despatch times for each item will be given at checkout.

Delivery Help & FAQs
 

A Year of Books Subscription Packages 

Delivery is free for the UK. Western Europe costs £60 for each 12 month subscription package purchased. For the Rest of the World the cost is £100 for each package purchased. All delivery costs are charged in advance at time of purchase. For more information please visit the A Year of Books page.
 

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

Philosophy and the Metaphysical...
(Hardback)
Ryan McInerney
 
 
£85.00
 
The Rhetorical Sense of Philosophy
(Hardback)
Donald Phillip Verene
 
 
£40.00
 
The Hum of the World: A Philosophy of...
(Paperback)
Lawrence Kramer
 
 
£18.99
 
The Modal Future: A Theory of...
(Hardback)
Fabrizio Cariani
 
 
£75.00
 
© W&G Foyle Ltd
Foyles uses cookies to help ensure your experience on our site is the best possible. Click here if you’d like to find out more about the types of cookies we use.
Accept and Close