Philosophical Troubles: Collected Papers, Volume 1

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This important new book is the first of a series of volumes collecting the essential articles by the eminent and highly influential philosopher Saul A. Kripke. It presents a mixture of published and unpublished articles from various stages of Kripke's storied career.

Included here are seminal and much discussed pieces such as "Identity and Necessity", "Outline of a Theory of Truth", "Speaker's Reference and Semantic Reference", and "A Puzzle About Belief." More recent published...

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Overview


This important new book is the first of a series of volumes collecting the essential articles by the eminent and highly influential philosopher Saul A. Kripke. It presents a mixture of published and unpublished articles from various stages of Kripke's storied career.

Included here are seminal and much discussed pieces such as "Identity and Necessity", "Outline of a Theory of Truth", "Speaker's Reference and Semantic Reference", and "A Puzzle About Belief." More recent published articles include "Russell's Notion of Scope" and "Frege's Theory of Sense and Reference" among others. Several articles are published here for the first time, including both older works ("Two Paradoxes of Knowledge", "Vacuous Names and Fictional Entities", "Nozick on Knowledge") as well as newer ("The First Person" and "Unrestricted Exportation"). "A Puzzle on Time and Thought" was written expressly for this volume.

Publication of this volume -- which ranges over epistemology, linguistics, pragmatics, philosophy of language, history of analytic philosophy, theory of truth, and metaphysics -- represents a major event in contemporary analytic philosophy. It will be of great interest to the many who are interested in the work of one its greatest living figures.

"Saul Kripke's work has significantly changed the way we look at fundamental philosophical problems today. His 1972 lectures at Princeton University, published as Naming and Necessity, helped to shatter a centuries-old consensus on the nature of the fundamental semantical concepts of connotation and reference, as well as challenging received ideas about necessity and contingency. Subsequently he proposed the first new formal theory of truth since Alfred Tarski's epochal work in the 1930s, and he also proposed a widely discussed (and radically new) interpretation of Wittgenstein's most famous work, Philosophical Investigations, one which seems sure to continue to be at the center of virtually every discussion of Wittgenstein's philosophy. This collection of his papers, which contains a number of previously unpublished essays, is more than welcome; it is something every philosopher will want to own." - Hilary Putnam, Philosophy (Emeritus), Harvard University

"A great deal of this work is new-that is, not the classic canonical Saul Kripke everyone already knows about. True, some of it had been circulating in samizdat form. But more often it was just the ideas that were circulating, and whether for broken telephone reasons, or because the ideas have been evolving, they are oftentimes different (and more challenging) than previously reported. Throughout one finds the trademark Kripkean combination of shining insights combined with an open-mindedness about what is ultimately to be made of them." Stephen Yablo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"I have learned more from Saul Kripke than from any other philosopher of our time." David Kaplan, University of California, Los Angeles

"The philosophical world has been waiting for a long time for this volume from one of its greatest thinkers. Several of these classic papers revolutionized a number of fields in philosophy, in some cases even without having been previously published. They are available here for the first time in authoritative versions prepared for publication, alongside other justly famous essays. Simply a 'must-have' of analytic philosophy." - Paul Boghossian, New York University

"Oxford is doing the profession a great service to publish these papers. Everything Saul Kripke has written is first-rate. Most of it is brilliant. Some of it has been field-changing. Naming and Necessity has a good chance of finding a place in the permanent canon of the history of philosophy. So anything else that Kripke publishes will very likely draw long-term interest. Several of the papers in this collection have been very influential, even though until now they have not been published. Until now, only 'insiders' could make use of them. It is of great value both for those papers to be made available to everyone, and for the articles that have already been published to be collected together. Any serious student of philosophy of language, philosophy of logic, philosophy of mind, or epistemology should read and reread Kripke's work, including these papers." - Tyler Burge, University of California, Los Angeles

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Editorial Reviews

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"Readers fond of the Greatest Hits will devour this book. You will not be disappointed in expecting savory new servings of philosophical substance sweetened by a familiar charm and wit."--Mark Crimmins, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"The first volume of [Kripke's] collected papers, recently published by Oxford University Press under the arresting title "Philosophical Troubles" will be a treasure trove to his fellow philosophers of logic and language." -- Jim Holt, The New York Times' The Stone

"The philosophical world has been waiting for a long time for this volume from one of its greatest thinkers. Several of these classic papers revolutionized a number of fields in philosophy, in some cases even without having been previously published. They are available here for the first time in authoritative versions prepared for publication, alongside other justly famous essays. Simply a 'must-have' of analytic philosophy."--Paul Boghossian, New York University

"Everything Saul Kripke has written is first-rate. Most of it is brilliant. Some of it has been field-changing. Naming and Necessity has a good chance of finding a place in the permanent canon of the history of philosophy. So anything else that Kripke publishes will very likely draw long-term interest. Any serious student of philosophy of language, philosophy of logic, philosophy of mind, or epistemology should read and reread Kripke's work, including these papers."--Tyler Burge, University of California, Los Angeles

"Saul Kripke's work has significantly changed the way we look at fundamental philosophical problems today. Naming and Necessity helped to shatter a centuries-old consensus on the nature of the fundamental semantical concepts of connotation and reference, as well as challenging received ideas about necessity and contingency. This collection of articles is more than welcome; it is something every philosopher will want to own."--Hilary Putnam, Harvard University

"A great deal of this work is new-that is, not the classic canonical Saul Kripke everyone already knows about. True, some of it had been circulating in samizdat form. But more often it was just the ideas that were circulating, and whether for broken telephone reasons, or because the ideas have been evolving, they are oftentimes different (and more challenging) than previously reported. Throughout one finds the trademark Kripkean combination of shining insights with an open-mindedness about what is ultimately to be made of them."--Stephen Yablo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"I have learned more from Saul Kripke than from any other philosopher of our time."--David Kaplan, University of California, Los Angeles

"A new collection of articles by Saul Kripke is a major event. The older papers are classics, and the newer papers are fascinating. There is an enormous amount of substantial, creative, and insightful philosophy throughout."--David Chalmers, Australian National University and New York University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199730155
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/7/2011
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 1,021,934
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Saul A. Kripke is Professor Emeritus at Princeton University and a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at CUNY Graduate Center in New York. He is the author of Naming and Necessity and Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language.

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Table of Contents

Contents Introduction Acknowledgements
1. Identity and Necessity
2. On Two Paradoxes of Knowledge
3. Vacuous Names and Fictional Entities
4. Outline of a Theory of Truth
5. Speaker's Reference and Semantic Reference
6. A Puzzle About Belief
7. Nozick on Knowledge
8. Russell's Notion of Scope
9. Frege's Theory of Sense and Reference: Some Exegetical Notes
10. The First Person
11. Unrestricted Exportation and Some Morals for the Philosophy of Language
12. Presupposition and Anaphora: Remarks on the Formulation of the Projection Problem
13. A Paradox about Time and Thought Index

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