The Philosophy of Language

The Philosophy of Language

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The essential text for courses in the field, The Philosophy of Language is as excellent introduction to such fundamental questions as: What is meaning? How is linguistic communication possible? What is the nature of language? What is the relation between language and the world? And How do metaphors work? Appearing in paperback for the first time, the volume collects 41 of the most important articles in the field, making it the most comprehensive reader of its kind. Selections include classic articles by such distinguished philosophers as Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, J.L. Austin, W.V.O Quine, and P.F. Strawson, as well as more influential work by Saul Kripke, David Kaplan, Donald Davidson, John Searle, and Noam Chomsky. (For this edition, Martinich has added articles by John Stuart Mill, Russell, Searle, John Perry, and Millikan). The selections represent evolving and varying approaches to the subject, with many articles building upon earlier ones or critically discussing them.Eight sections cover the central issues of Truth and Meaning, Speech Acts, Reference and Descriptions, Names and Demonstrations, Propositional Attitudes, Metaphor, Interpretation and Translation, and the Nature of Language. A revised general introduction, and introductions to each of the selections provide background to the issues and explain the connections among them. A bibliography of suggested further readings follow each more

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  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 165.1 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 907.18g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • further reading
  • 0195135431
  • 9780195135435
  • 2,058,918

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["**" INDICATES READINGS THAT ARE NEW TO THE 4TH EDITION]; INTRODUCTION; I. TRUTH AND MEANING; 1. "Empiricist Criteria of Cognitive Significance: Problems and Changes"; 2. "Two Dogmas of Empiricism"; 3. "Intentional Semantics"; 4. "The Semantic Conception of Truth"; 5. "Meaning"; 6. "Truth and Meaning"; 7. "Meaning and Truth"; Suggested Further Reading; II. SPEECH ACTS; 8. "Performance Utterances"; 9. "The Structure of Illocutionary Acts"; 10. "A Taxonomy of Illocutionary Acts"; 11. "Logic and Conversation"; 12. "Indirect Speech Acts"; Suggested Further Reading; III. REFERENCE AND DESCRIPTION; 13. "On Sense and Nominatum"; 14. "On Denoting"; 15. "Descriptions"; 16. "On Referring"; 17. "Mr. Strawson on Referring"; 18. "Reference and Definite Descriptions"; Suggested Further Reading; IV. NAMES AND DEMONSTRATIVES; 19. "Names"; 20. "Names and Necessity"; 21. "Meaning and Reference"; 22. "The Causal Theory of Names"; 23. "Proper Names and Intentionality"; 24. "Dthat"; 25. "The Problem of Essential Indexical"; Suggested Further Reading; V. PROPOSITIONAL ATTITUDES; 26. "Quantifiers and Propositional Attitudes"; 27. "On Saying That"; 28. "Quantifying In"; 29. "Semantic Innocence and Uncompromising Situations"; 30. "A Puzzle about Belief"; Suggested Further Reading; VI. METAPHOR; 31. "What Metaphors Mean"; 32. "A Theory for Metaphor"; Suggested Further Reading; VII. INTERPRETATION AND TRANSLATION; 33. "Belief and the Basis of Meaning"; 34. "A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs"; 35. "Indeterminacy, Empiricism, and the First Person"; Suggested Further Reading; VIII. THE NATURE OF LANGUAGE; 36. "Of Words"; 37. "Wittgenstein on Privacy; 38. "On Rules and Private Language"; 39. "Truth Rules, Hover Flies, and the Kripke-Wittgenstein Paradox"; 40. "Language and Languages"; 41. "Language and Problems of Knowledge"; Suggested Further Readingshow more

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