Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Lifeworld, Language and the Envoiced Subject

Prof. Roy Elveton.

Language is one of humanity's greatest creations. For much of the Twentieth Century, it has been examined from the perspective of formalized, ideal languages. Such analysis, as Wittgenstein and others have argued, is a distortion. The future course of the Humanities must include the rebirth of a disciplined exploration of human language and speech as temporal, intersubjective and embedded within the lifeworld.
After discussing traditional and modern (Aristotle and Fodor) views of language as the communication of information, I will explore features of the "envoiced subject." Language, I will argue, reflects structures that are central to our lived experience in the lifeword. I will employ texts from Husserl to identify four lifeworld structures that are crucial to language and will explore two of
these structures in detail. The implications of this view of language for art and culture will also be briefly considered.


Prof. Roy Elveton  (United States)
Department of Philosophy
Carleton College

  • Language
  • Temporality
  • Intersubjectivity
  • Information
  • Communication
  • Cognitive Science
Person as Subject
  • Husserl, Edmund Davidson, Donald Fodor, Jerry Aristotle

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)