On Sense and Direct Reference: Readings in the Philosophy of Language / Edition 1

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On Sense and Direct Reference: Readings in the Philosophy of Language focuses on the debate between neo-Fregeans and

neo-Russellians in philosophy of language. With a foreword by Nathan

Salmon, the volume collects more than 40 of the most important papers

in philosophy of language in the last 40 years; including David

Kaplan's "Demonstratives" and "Afterthoughts", and a paper written by

Scott Soames especially for the volume. It is suitable for advanced

undergraduate and graduate courses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073535616
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 1/11/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1104
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Foreword     viii
Introduction     1
Sense and Direct Reference     2
The Background     17
Sense and Reference     18
Of Names (excerpt)     34
On Denoting     41
Selection from the Frege-Russell Correspondence     53
Introduction to Mathematical Logic (excerpt)     54
The Attack on Frege     83
Identity and Necessity     84
Proper Names and Identifying Descriptions     107
Designation (excerpt)     125
The Meaning of "Meaning"     126
Taking the Fregean Seriously     180
A Millian Heir Rejects the Wages of Sinn     198
The Development of the New Theory     235
Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice     236
On Proper Names in Belief Ascriptions     266
Frege's Puzzle     280
Substitutivity     327
The Prince and the Phone Booth: Reporting Puzzling Beliefs     356
Attitudes in Context     379
The Response to the New Theory of Reference     401
Belief Ascription     402
Why Semantic Innocence?     420
Note on an Attempted Refutation ofFrege     430
Against Direct Reference     462
Why Water Isn't H[subscript 2]O, Much Less Isn't Necessarily H[subscript 2]O?     495
The Semantics of Singular Terms     496
Brian Loar on Singular Terms     517
Names and Descriptions: A Reply to Michael Devitt     524
The Causal Theory of Names     528
On Existentialism     544
Transworld Identity, Singular Propositions, and Picture-Thinking     559
The Rebirth of Fregeanism     569
The Indispensability of Sinn     570
The Boethian Compromise     590
On Sense and Intension     605
Replies to the Rebirth of Fregeanism     653
Rigid Designation and Its Lessons for the Semantic Contents of Proper Names     654
Ambitious Two-Dimensionalism     690
Indexicals     719
Demonstratives: An Essay on the Semantics, Logic, Metaphysics, and Epistemology of Demonstratives and Other Indexicals     720
Afterthoughts     782
Frege on Demonstratives     820
Demonstrating and Necessity     838
Empty Terms     873
Nonexistence     874
Empty Names     917
The Contingent a Priori and Necessary a Posteriori      937
Reference and Contingency     938
How to Measure the Standard Metre     962
The Necessary Aposteriori     980
Puzzles     1001
A Puzzle about Belief     1002
Illogical Belief     1037
Substitution and Simple Sentences     1067
How Much Substitutivity?     1073
Reply to Forbes     1078
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