File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_1997/97-05-17.000, message 7


Date: Wed, 14 May 1997 08:44:05 +0100
To: bhaskar-AT-jefferson.village.virginia.edu
Subject: Re: BHA: People's ideas


Tim, 

Yes I agree especially the point about:

> a vaguely apocalyptic vision of Language-as-system 
>generating individual utterances that we stupidly ascribe to 
>individuals.  We end up with a sort of Durkheimian scenario, to refer to 
>Bhaskar's schema in "Reclaiming Reality" ch. 5.  But Bhaskar seems useful 
>precisely for showing how that "structurally-determinist" position is 
>inadequate for explanatory purposes.  

In my discipline many Wittgensteinians get themselves into the same
determinist position vis-a-vis "language games", which are seemingly played
without players.

Thanks,


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Colin Wight
Department of International Politics
University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth
SY23 3DA

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