Philosophical Linguistics : Join the Never Ending Argument!

Where Is the Audience? - Jo Murphy

Janet Cameron is a retired university lecturer who now manages a channel called Philosophical Linguistics.  To explain what the channel is about Janet writes that Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913) has been celebrated as “The Father of Linguistics” for his work in the field of structural analysis or “the science of signs.”  She goes on to explain that Saussure’s findings followed the related work of anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss who applied structural analysis to mythology.

How this Channel Relates to Creativity Talks

When the pending middle years creative arts text called Global Citizen is released readers will see that much of the work has been stimulated by the debates about freedom and the possibility of world peace that emerged through the art world of the 1960s amd ’70s.

The work of these great men was not the only thing being “hotly discussed during the 1960s.”  You will see that in Global Citizen the work of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s installation and performance pieces are predominantly featured.   Articles below show the ideas as they take form…….

  • Performing the Other : Art historian Jieun Rhee looks at the series of performances by Yoko Ono, within the context created by social, cultural, national and ethnic audience response.
  • Communication Art of Yoko Ono In the mid -1950s Ono started writing scores, or instructions, in simple words for viewers as performers and as imagination exercises.

Making Links and Connections Being Part of a Channel Online

Within the context of Rapid eLearning conversations with philosophers and writers such as Janet, Michael, Doug, myself  and others who interact can inform and be informed by the artists who struggle to understand the philosophy of the times in which these art genres were evolving.

Cameron says she set the channel Philosophical Linguistics as a creative conversation which would frame the explorations this way …..

Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) took a sceptical approach, denying that there could be stability or coherent meaning in language. He claimed that Western Philosophy was mistaken in trying to establish truth, certainty and stability in language and he described the way it attempted this as a “set of violent hierarchies.”
Derrida’s theories are notoriously difficult to grasp even as they continue to fascinate. The first time I produced an assignment on Derrida, my tutor threw it back at me in disgust.  “That’s not it,” he snapped. Yet, there is something beguiling about this man and his theories, and the need to explore further persisted and continues to this day.
Long after his death, Saussure still has a steady fan-base while Derrida’s ideas exploring the play of language reach well into the realms of linguistic philosophy, ensuring the argument is not going to end anytime soon.

Join the never-ending argument!

Janet Cameron’s Biographical Details

MA, Cert.Ed is a retired university lecturer and author of twelve books, women’s short fiction and a magazine column. Her first published work was a novel, followed by a business book, eight history books and two walking books. Her current publisher is Amberley Publishing. and for her walking books, Countryside Books

  • Janet writes a regular monthly column for Writers Forum and has contributed articles to Writing in Education, Mslexia, The Woman Writer, Paranormal Magazine, Bygone Kent, People’s Friend, The Observer and The Sunday Telegraph.
  • Her short stories have appeared in Woman, My Weekly, Bella, The Sunday Post, People’s Friend and several literary journals and her poems have appeared in Acumen, Equinox, The Open University Poetry Anthology and Logos.

Non-Fiction Books:

  • Paranormal Eastbourne, Amberley Publishing, 2010.
  • LGBT Brighton and Hove, Amberley Publishing, 2009.
  • Paranormal Brighton and Hove, Amberley Publishing, 2009.
  • Brighton and Hove – Murders and Misdemeanours, Amberley Publishing, 2009.
  • Medway – Murder and Crime, Tempus Publishing, 2008.
  • Kiddiwalks in Kent, Countryside Books, 2007.
  • Kent – Fifteen Pocket Pub Walks, Countryside Books, 2006.
  • Dover – Murder & Crime, Tempus Publishing, 2006.
  • Haunted Kent, Tempus Publishing, 2005.
  • Canterbury Streets, Tempus Publishing, 2005.
  • The Competitive Couple, Mercury Business Books, 1990. (Sequel to undermentioned, commissioned and dropped when publisher went into liquidation. First serial rights purchased by the Daily Express.
  • The Competitive Woman, W.H. Allen, Mercury Business Books, 1988. Translated into Polish, Serbo-Croat, Mandarin Chinese.


  • Surrogate Lover, W.H. Allen, 1988. Translated into German.

Decoded Science Articles:


  • Suite Newcomer of the Month Award, January 2011
  • Editor’s Choice on Suite for “Art Criticism: Originality, Forgery and Aesthetics,” December 20, 2010
  • John Walter Salver, (Humorous short story) 2007, 3rd prize
  • Clemence Dane (Monologue) October, 2007, 1st prize
  • John Walter Salver (Article, Sense of Place) December, 2006, 3rd prize
  • The Elizabeth Longford Trophy (Poem) May, 2006, commended
  • John Walter Salver, (Short Story) December, 2005, highly commended
  • The Elizabeth Longford Trophy (Poem) May, 2005, highly commended:


  • 2003 M.A. in Modern Poetry, University of Kent at Canterbury.
  • 1996: B.A. (Hons), Literature and Philosophy, The Open University.
  • 1993: Cert.Ed (fe), Croydon College with Oxbridge University.


  • 2000-2006: Lectured in Creative Writing and Literature for the University of Kent.
  • 1989-1998: Taught Creative Writing, G.C.S.E. English and Special Needs for Sutton College of Liberal Arts and Croydon Continuing Education and Training.
  • Privately: Tutored in English and Maths, 4-11 year-olds.


  • Janet founded and ran her own office supplies business.

Most Special Moment:

In 2007 Janet Cameron won the Clemence Dane competition, She received her award in London from Simon Brett in the presence of Princess Michael of Kent, who, to her amazement, later asked her if she had any ‘writing tips’ for her.

Connect to Janet

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About Brisbane Artist

Jo is a Creative Arts Teacher from Down Under, Jo lives in tropical paradise Brisbane Queensland.AU The topic that fascinates Jo is a Rapid eLearning The types of subjects Jo writes about thrive on synergy and so does she. Creativity and self expression are essential components of the curriculum, and yet so often they are overlooked as the source of self efficacy and resilience. Jo has been studying how to harness the power of multimedia and the creative arts as a therapist and community worker. Passionate about developing communities of like minded people who accompany each other on a path toward spiritual, psychological and physical health, Jo seeks to remain open to all possible forms and ways of personal and community expression. By challenging all educators to connect the various kinds of art, Jo hopes to dialogue about how the Creative Arts can be a made a more explicitly vital part of everyday lived experience. Teaching Art and being a Creative Arts Therapist has fostered a passion for personal development and for healing within community. Jo has an interest in all aspects of natural healing that promote inner balance and well being.
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