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What is meaning? How is linguistic communication possible? What is the nature of language? What is the relationship between language and the world? How do metaphors work? The Philosophy of Language, considered the essential text in its field, is an excellent introduction to such fundamental questions. This revised edition collects forty-six of the most important articles in the field, making it the most up-to-date and comprehensive volume on the subject. Revised to address changing trends and contemporary developments, the fifth edition features seven new articles including influential work by Mark Crimmins, Gottlob Frege, David Kaplan, Frederick Kroon, W. V. Quine, and Robert Stalnaker (two essays). Other selections include classic articles by such distinguished philosophers as J. L. Austin, John Stuart Mill, Hilary Putnam, Bertrand Russell, John R. Searle, and P. F. Strawson.

The selections represent evolving and varying approaches to the philosophy of language, with many articles building upon earlier ones or critically discussing them. Eight sections cover the central issues: Truth and Meaning; Speech Acts; Reference and Descriptions; Names and Demonstratives; Propositional Attitudes; Metaphor and Pretense; Interpretation and Translation; and The Nature of Language. A general introduction and introductions to each section give students background to the issues and explain the connections between them. A list of suggested further reading follows each section.

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"After nurturing several generations of philosophy of language students, this is arguably still the best sourcebook in the field. It is ideal for, if not indispensable to, the first course in the discipline."--Yuri Balashov, University of Georgia (on the previous edition)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195188301
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/22/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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University of Texas, Austin
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Truth and Meaning 29
1 Empiricist Criteria of Cognitive Significance: Problems and Changes (1950) 34
2 Two Dogmas of Empiricism (1953) 47
3 Intensional Semantics (1951) 61
4 The Semantic Conception of Truth and the Foundations of Semantics (1944) 69
5 Meaning (1975) 92
6 Truth and Meaning (1967) 98
7 Meaning and Truth (1970) 110
II Speech Acts 123
8 Performative Utterances (1961) 130
9 The Structure of Illocutionary Acts (1969) 140
10 A Taxonomy of Illocutionary Acts (1979) 151
11 Logic and Conversation (1975) 165
12 Indirect Speech Acts (1975) 176
III Reference and Descriptions 191
13 On Sense and Nominatum (1892) 199
14 On Denoting (1905) 212
15 Descriptions (1919) 221
16 On Referring (1950) 228
17 Mr. Strawson on Referring (1957) 243
18 Reference and Definite Descriptions (1966) 247
IV Names and Demonstratives 261
19 Of Names (1881) 266
20 Naming and Necessity (1972) 272
21 Meaning and Reference (1973) 288
22 The Causal Theory of Names (1973) 296
23 Proper Names and Intentionality (1983) 308
24 Dthat (1978) 325
25 The Problem of the Essential Indexical (1979) 339
V Propositional Attitudes 351
26 Quantifiers and Propositional Attitudes (1956) 355
27 On Saying That (1968) 361
28 Quantifying In (1968) 371
29 Semantic Innocence and Uncompromising Situations (1981) 392
30 A Puzzle about Belief (1979) 405
VI Metaphor 433
31 What Metaphors Mean (1978) 435
32 A Theory for Metaphor (1984) 447
VII Interpretation and Translation 459
33 Belief and the Basis of Meaning (1974) 464
34 A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs (1985) 473
35 Indeterminacy, Empiricism, and the First Person (1987) 484
VIII The Nature of Language 501
36 Of Words (1690) 509
37 Wittgenstein on Privacy (1965) 514
38 On Rules and Private Language (1982) 531
39 Truth Rules, Hoverflies, and the Kripke-Wittgenstein Paradox (1990) 545
40 Languages and Language (1975) 562
41 Language and Problems of Knowledge (1990) 581
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