The Nexus Between Philosophy of Language, Film, and Literature: A Hermeneutic Approach

The Nexus Between Philosophy of Language, Film, and Literature: A Hermeneutic Approach

Osemwegie Taiwo Wesley (University of Benin, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-4107-7.ch001
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Abstract

The work explores the fields of philosophy of language, film, and literature with the aim of establishing the intrinsic nexus between them on one hand, and to establish their existential relevance to humanity and society. Man as an existential, social, and cultural being, and no doubt finds this expression in his use of language and artistic creations. The imperative question is, how is it possible to use language to communicate what is not real and what is real? The work argues that though language somewhat sets the limit or demarcate the boundary between what is real/meaningful and what is not/meaningless according to the view expressed by Wittgenstein and the logical positivists, is that enough to abandon or jettison human artistic works as constituting nothing but mere entertainment? The work submits that consideration of film and literature as ersatz and which sole purpose is amusement is mistaken. Rather, the work advanced the argument that film and literature and every other human artistic works represent existential reflections of man's true self in the “life-world.”
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Conceptual Clarification Of Terms

The concepts or terms to be clarified here are philosophy of language, film and literature. We shall begin with philosophy of language. Philosophy of language as the name implies is philosophy examining language. It is “concerned with four central problems: the nature of meaning, language use, language cognition, and the relationship between language and reality” (Philosophy of language, 2019). Generally, it is an inquiry or investigation into the origin, nature and the use of language. Basically, with reference to “Philosophy of Language” (2019), scholars of language, especially in the domain of philosophy, would like to understand what speakers and listeners do with language in communication, and how it is used socially. Secondly, would like to know how language relates to the minds of both the speaker and the interpreter and finally, they investigate how language and meaning relate to truth and the world.

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