Philosophy of Language: The Big Questions / Edition 1

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This anthology brings together a diversity of readings in the philosophy of language: from the ancient Greeks to contemporary analytic, feminist, and multicultural perspectives. The emphasis is on issues that have a direct bearing on concerns about knowledge, reality, meaning, and understanding. A general introduction and introductions to each group of readings identify both the continuities and differences in the way "big" questions in philosophy of language have been addressed by philosophers of different historical periods, institutional affiliations, races, and genders.
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"Andrea Nye's anthology in the philosophy of language satisfies a need for a textbook that includes writings from historical and the Fregean traditions, many of which have not been included in other anthologies." Don Levi, University of Oregon

"I can scarcely imagine a better primer than this, for an intelligent layperson." The Shetland Times

"What makes this volume distinctive for consideration as a text is its inclusion of papers not readily treated in bread-and-butter philosophy of language courses." C. J. Shields, Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631206019
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/17/1998
  • Series: Philosophy: The Big Questions Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Nye is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She is the author of Feminist Theory and the Philosophies of Man (1988), Words of Power: a Feminist Reading of the History of Logic (1990), Philosophia: the Thought of Rosa Luxemburg, Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt (1994), Philosophy and Feminism: at the Border (1995).

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Table of Contents

General Introduction
Pt. 1 Language: What is it? 1
1 The Weaving Together of Forms 8
2 The Origin of Languages 11
3 Of Words 18
4 On the Scientific Justification of a Conceptual Notation 24
5 The Existential Matrix of Inquiry: Cultural 30
6 Picturing Reality 42
7 Subjectivity in Language 46
8 Private Language, Public Languages 53
9 The Mark of Gender 62
Pt. 2 Meaning: How do Words get their Sense? 67
10 On Sense and Meaning 72
11 The Principle of Verification 77
12 Meaning as Use 85
13 Biosemantics 93
14 How Can Language Be Sexist? 103
Pt. 3 Speaking: What is it to Say Something? 113
15 Meaning 118
16 Performative Utterances 126
17 Verbal Interaction 131
18 Telling as Letting Know 136
19 He I Sought but Did Not Find 144
Pt. 4 Reference: What do we Talk about? 149
20 On Denoting 154
21 Naming and Necessity 159
22 The Formation of Objects 166
23 Critically Queer 171
24 "Worlds" and "World" Traveling 178
Pt. 5 Truth: What is the Relation between Language and Reality? 187
25 The Semantic Theory of Truth 192
26 The Method of Truth in Metaphysics 213
27 Truth as Coherence 225
28 Truth, Reference and the Pragmatics of (Racial) Meaning 231
29 Are Truth Claims in Science Dysfunctional? 239
Pt. 6 Other Minds and Foreign Tongues: How is it Possible to understand what Someone else Says? 249
30 The Translation of Untranslatable Words 254
31 Indeterminacy of Translation 259
32 An American Indian Model of the Universe 266
33 On the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme 271
34 How to Tame a Wild Tongue 284
35 Language as Boundary 289
Index 302
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