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Agamben's Philosophical Lineage$
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Adam Kotsko and Carlo Salzani

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474423632

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423632.001.0001

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Émile Benveniste

Émile Benveniste

(p.117) 10 Émile Benveniste
Agamben's Philosophical Lineage

Henrik Wilberg

Edinburgh University Press

Émile Benveniste was a French linguist of Sephardic descent, born in 1902 in Aleppo in what was then the Ottoman Empire. A specialist in comparative Indo-European grammar and, in the interwar years, a student of Ferdinand de Saussure’s follower Antoine Meillet at the École pratique des hautes Études in Paris, he held the chair of linguistics at the Collège de France from 1937 to 1970.1 Having published widely since 1935, Benveniste came to prominence outside the field of linguistics in 1956, when he contributed a famous article on the function of language in Freud to the first issue of Jacques Lacan’s early journal, La psychanalyse.2 From 1960 onwards, at the height of structuralism’s influence, he founded and co-edited another journal, L’homme, alongside the anthropologist Claude LÉvi-Strauss and the geographer Pierre Gourou.

Keywords:   Language, Linguistics, Experience of language

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