Convention: A Philosophical Study

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Cambridge 1969 Softcover 213 pages. Softcover. Good condition. PHILOSOPHY. The notion of convention has served philosophers since Aristotle as a convenient exploration of the ... arbitrary character of referential word meaning. This book will remain a central reference for discussions on the nature of conventions. Includes an Index. (Key Words: Philosophy, Convention, David Lewis, Indexicality, Interpretations, Reasoning, Signaling ). Read more Show Less

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Convention was immediately recognized as a major contribution to the subject and its significance has remained undiminished since its first publication in 1969. Lewis analyzes social conventions as regularities in the resolution of recurring coordination problems-situations characterized by interdependent decision processes in which common interests are at stake. Conventions are contrasted with other kinds of regularity, and conventions governing systems of communication are given special attention.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780674170261
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/1987
  • Pages: 224

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David Lewis (1941–2001) was Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. His publications include Counterfactuals (reissued by Blackwell 2000), On the Plurality of Worlds (reissued by Blackwell, 2000), Parts of Classes (1991), and numerous articles in metaphysics and other areas. Many of his writings are available in his Collected Papers.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Introduction 1
I Coordination and Convention 5
II Convention Refined 52
III Convention Contrasted 83
IV Convention and Communication 122
V Conventions of Language 160
Conclusion 203
Index 209
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