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Truth of Statement

If in language man articulates his
being, this happens in all the forms of language and cer
tainly not alone in art. What happens to language when it is
fashioned as art, therefore, must be something unique and
different from what happens in linguistic articulation in
other spheres. Our aim is to bring to light this distinctive
feature of language by virtue of which it is specialized as
artistic.

Language is an intentional, purposeful phenomenon. When man speaks, he is trying to do something. An intention is at work in his speaking, guiding it toward an end. The intention may be more or less conscious, more or less unconscious; linguistic behavior remains purposive. In every form of language some facet of man's being is articulated, but there are many facets and consequently many types of linguistic intention. For instance, the intentions differ in a judicial decision, an executive order, a legislative decree, a magic incantation, a scientific hypothesis, a declaration of war, a philosophical question. Each of these is a different way of speaking, moving in a different direction.

Intentional, purposive entities are subject to criticism; they can be judged as right or wrong, good or bad, valid or invalid, successful or unsuccessful. There is always more than one way of criticizing a given thing. A given judicial

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  • Title Page ii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents *
  • 1 - Art as the Expression of Subjectivity 1
  • 2 - Art as the Joint Revelation of Self and World 23
  • 3 - Aesthetics as Linguistics 37
  • 4 - Language as Articulation of Human Being 53
  • 5 - Truth of Statement 87
  • 6 - Truth of Things 105
  • 7 - Truth of Spirit 130
  • 8 - The Spiritual Truth of Art 171
  • Bibliography 213
  • Index 217
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