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LANGUAGE has become again a central point of interest for philosophers, logicians and psychologists. Historically this has always been the case when thinkers begin to question the reality of values and the import of the ultimate principles of explanation of the world. The Greek sophists, the medieval nominalists, Hobbes, the eighteenth century sensualists, and the modern positivists are in the direct lineage of the contemporary analytical philosophers who make of language the leading real problem of knowledge. From this angle, Mr. Britton's book is of particular importance, in so far as it retraces in an orderly fashion the manifold cross-currents which enrich the field of logical controversy.


a Philosophical Study of Language. By Karl Britton. (International Library of Psychology, Philosophy and Scientific Method.) Pp. xvi + 290. (London: Kegan Paul and Co., Ltd., 1939.). 12s. 6d. net.

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G., T. Communication. Nature 143, 959 (1939) doi:10.1038/143959a0

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