Introduction: Philosophy of Language in the Continental Tradition
Chapter 1: Walker Percy, Phenomenology, and the Mystery of Language
Chapter 2: Words Underway: Guiding Insights from Hermeneutic Phenomenology
Chapter 3: On Linguistic Trauma and the Demand to Write: Continental Philosophy and the Literature of the Holocaust
Chapter 4: Rethinking Women’s Silence: Contributions from Continental Feminism
Chapter 5: The Omnipotent Word of Medical Diagnosis and the Silence of Depression: On Kristeva’s Therapeutic Approach
Chapter 6: Language as Habitat: Doing Justice to Experiences of Linguistic Alienation
Because of Culbertson’s exceptional skill at translating dense Continental jargon by use of rich examples and practical applications, her book lays an impressive foundation for future engagement across traditions, even while carefully preserving the distinctive features and priorities of Continental philosophy of language. Her project also opens the way for future scholarship on the ways in which linguistic alienation has already factored into classical Anglo-American contributions. . . Finally, scholars of feminist epistemology, epistemology of ignorance, and epistemic injustice will benefit greatly from Culbertson’s reminder that “the human relationship to language is far more complicated than that of an epistemic subject to an epistemic worldview” (122). Her contribution complicates and ultimately strengthens contemporary debates over the various ways in which individuals and social groups are systematically undermined as speakers and knowers.