Knowledge and Language: Selected Essays of L. Jonathan Cohen / Edition 1

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This collection of twenty papers deals with a wide range of issues in philosophy of language, epistemology, history of philosophy, philosophy of psychology, jurisprudence and philosophy of science. It should be of interest to, and prove a stimulus for new work by, researchers and practitioners working in any of these fields. Tracing a route backwards through the papers as presented here, the final group is largely concerned with how empirical knowledge may be acquired through evidence in states of uncertainty; the middle group explores how such evidence often requires or results in conceptual innovation and is given to us in language the meaning of which may be difficult to determine; the first group explores how a theory of meaning can be constructed for natural and artificial languages. The papers exhibit a distinctive analytical perspective and a great deal of thematic continuity, underpinned by commitment to the richness both of language and of enquiry and opposition to simplistic or dogmatic formalisations and analyses.

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Preface. Introduction; James Logue. 1. On the Project of a Universal Character. 2. On a Concept of Degree of Grammaticalness. 3. The Semantics of Metaphor. 4. Can the Logic of Indirect Discourse be Formalised? 5. Grice's Views About the Logical Particles of Natural Language. 6. Can the Conversationalist Hypothesis be Defended? 7. How is Conceptual Innovation Possible? 8. Natural Language Definitions. 9. A Problem About Ambiguity in Truth-Theoretical Semantics. 10. The Individuation of Proper Names. 11. Third World Epistemology. 12. Guessing. 13. Bayesianism versus Baconianism in the Evaluation of Medical Diagnoses. 14. Are People Programmed to Commit Fallacies? 15. Inductive Logic 1945-1977. 16. Some Remarks on the Baconian Conception of Probability. 17. Twelve Questions about Keynes's Concept of Weight. 18. Some Steps towards a General Theory of Relevance. 19. Should a Jury Say What it Believes or what it Accepts? 20. Ethical Reasons for Being, or not Being, a Scientific Realist.

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