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Meaning brings together some of the most significant philosophical work on linguistic representation and understanding, presenting canonical essays on core questions in the philosophy of language.

  • Brings together essential readings which define and advance the literature on linguistic representation and understanding.
  • Examines key topics in philosophy of language, including analyticity; translational indeterminacy; theories of reference; meaning as use; the nature of linguistic competence; truth and meaning; and relations between semantics and metaphysics.
  • Includes classic articles by key figures such as Frege, Quine, Putnam, Kripke, and Davidson; and recent reactions to this work by philosophers including Mark Wilson, Scott Soames, James Higginbotham, Frank Jackson, Alex Byrne, and Paul Bogohossian.
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"This book covers a wide range of core topics in philosophy of language and strikes a nice balance between classic papers and more recent work. The collection will form the basis for an excellent course on philosophy of language."
Stephen Laurence, University of Sheffield

"Meaning takes the reader through many of the most crucial developments in the study of meaning from Frege through to the present day; this book will certainly prove an invaluable resource for both students and professionals."
Emma Borg, University of Reading

"This is an excellent collection on meaning, blending classics with insightful recent contributions."
—Michael Devitt, City University of New York

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631222231
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Readings in Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Richard is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Tufts University. He is the author of Propositional Attitudes (1990) and numerous articles. He is also an editor for the journal Linguistics and Philosophy.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Conceptions of Meaning (Mark Richard).

1. 'On Sense and Reference' (Gottlob Frege).

2. From Naming and Necessity (Saul Kripke).

3. 'Meaning and Reference' (Hilary Putnam).

4. 'Predicate Meets Property' (Mark Wilson).

5. From Meaning (Paul Horwich).

6. From 'Ontological Relativity' (W. V. O. Quine).

7. From 'The Indeterminancy of Translation and the Inscrutability of Reference' (Scott Soames).

8. 'Individuation, Causal Relations, and Quine' (Jody Azzouni).

9. 'Radical Interpretation' (Donald Davidson).

10. 'Semantics and Semantic Competence' (Scott Soames).

11. 'Truth and Understanding' (James Higginbotham).

12. From 'Indexicals and Demonstratives' (John Perry).

13. Two Dogmas of Empiricism (W.V.O. Quine).

14. Armchair Metaphysics. Mind, Method, & Conditionals (Frank Jackson).


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