Marxism and the Philosophy of Language by Valentin VoloshinovV. N. Volosinovs important work, first published in Russian in 1929, had to wait a generation for recognition. This first paperback edition of the English translation will be capital for literary theorists, philosophers, linguists, psychologists, and many others.
Volosinov is out to undo the old disciplinary boundaries between linguistics, rhetoric, and poetics in order to construct a new kind of field: semiotics or textual theory. Ladislav Matejka and I. R. Titunik have provided a new preface to discuss Volosinov in relation to the great resurgence of interest in all the writing of the circle of Mikhail Bakhtin.
Marxism and the Philosophy of Language
Marxism and the Philosophy of Language By V. Although originally published in Russian in , this work was not published in English until Since then it has come to be recognised as the original classic of Marxist linguistics, as well as one of the most important works of general Marxist philosophy. Marxism and the Philosophy of Language is the clearest introduction to the ideas of the Bakhtin circle, which as well as Volosinov included the famous literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin. It is in fact a disputed question whether Volosinov or Bakhtin authored the book. Bakhtin's works are likewise arousing renewed interest amongst non-Russian scholars.
Valentin Nikolaevich Voloshinov Part I – The Philosophy of Language and its significance for Marxism First and foremost, the very foundations of a Marxist theory of ideologies – the bases for the studies of scientific knowledge, literature, .
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The problem of the ideological sign. The ideological sign and consciousness. The word as an ideological sign par excellence. The ideological neutrality of the word. The capacity of the word to be an inner sign. Problems in the philosophy of language have in recent times acquired exceptional pertinence and importance for Marxism.