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Why does language matter to philosophy?' is the name of a minor classic by Ian Hacking published in 1975. It's a good question. Among the many charges laid against academic philosophy, one of the more familiar is that it concerns itself excessively with verbal or 'merely semantic' questions, at the expense of the real questions of philosophy. And yet those who have made a serious attempt to engage with philosophical problems quite soon finds themselves grappling with the very words they use todoi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693672.001.0001 fatcat:du77rdkdjvbpjgee2ih7bhbgce