The following is a test of what philosophical insights and linguistic insights can do to raise an analysis to a higher level of inquiry. I have personally been inspired by Ian Hackings work with his, so called, elevator words, which are words that takes the discourse to a higher level. I believe, that a term, which Hacking didn’t explicitly cite, is in the same vein as his elevator words - nature. More specifically, a gender’s nature, which is assigned to them with their bodies. I will therefore attempt an exercise in raising the discourse of gender to a higher level. My specific elevator, that will take us as high as possible, is the combination of philosophy and linguistics. I will be looking at the language surrounding gender with linguistic tools, but I will also use philosophy to illuminate the thoughts behind the language, as it’s being used. This paper will therefore include a connection between a semantic analysis of specific terms, as they are used, and the more pragmatic point of view from the field of social constructionism. It is my belief, that given the fact, that the line between the two is rather blurry, they can be combined, and that they together can raise our understanding of gender, and the words we use regarding a gender’s nature.
|Uddannelser||Filosofi og Videnskabsteori, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||2 jun. 2019|
|Vejledere||Patrick Rowan Blackburn|
- natural semantic metalanguage
- semantisk analyse