The present book is a collection of scholarly reflections on the theme of humanism from an integrational linguistic perspective. It studies humanist thought in relation to the philosophy of language and communication underpinning it and considers the question whether being a ‘humanist’ binds one to a particular view of language. The contributions to this volume explore whether integrational linguistics, being informed by a non-mainstream semiology and adopting a lay linguistic perspective, can provide better answers to contentious ontological and epistemological questions concerning the humanist project – questions having to do with the self, reason, authenticity, creativity, free agency, knowledge and human communication. The humanist perspectives adopted by the contributors to this volume are critical insofar as they start from semiological assumptions that challenge received notions within mainstream linguistics, such as the belief that languages are fixed-codes of some kind, that communication serves the purpose of thought transfer, and that languages are prerequisites for communication.

part I|9 pages

chapter 1|7 pages


Humanism, existentialism and integrational semiology

part II|66 pages

Integrating humanism

chapter 2|15 pages

Secular humanist discourses on rationality

Exploring questions in the philosophy of language and communication

chapter 3|17 pages

Bedrock concepts and integrational theory

Selves, animals and legal persons

chapter 4|18 pages

The nature of language and the language of nature

Rabindranath Tagore’s Sabda Tattwo or The Essence of Words as an integrationist text

part IV|38 pages

Integrating systems and agency

chapter 10|17 pages

Humanist machines

An integrationist critique of mechanical models

part V|64 pages

Integrating freedom and creativity

chapter 11|16 pages

Mr. Micawber anticipates Feist

Transformations of mental labour

chapter 12|23 pages

Language and freedom vol 1

The abstract and the concrete

chapter 13|23 pages

Emotional labour and the neoliberal entrepreneurial self at work and in the home

Emotions as privatised individual capital or revolutionary social praxis?

part VI|30 pages

Integrating humanist models of education

chapter 15|16 pages

‘Crazy English’ and individual English learners

An integrationist critique of English education as a business in China

part VII|20 pages

chapter |18 pages


Integrationism, anti-humanism and the suprasubjective