Philosophy of Language: The Central Topics

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This collection of classic and contemporary essays in philosophy of language offers a concise introduction to the field for students in graduate and upper-division undergraduate courses. It contains some of the most important basic sources in philosophy of language, including a number of classic essays by philosophers such as Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Kripke, Grice, Davidson, Strawson, Austin, and Putnam, as well as more recent contributions by scholars including John McDowell, Stephen Neale, Ruth Millikan, Stephen Schiffer, Paul Horwich, and Anthony Brueckner, among others, who are on the leading edge of innovation in this increasingly influential area of philosophy. The result is a lively mix of readings, together with the editors' discussions of the material, which provides a rigorous introduction to the subject.

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Editorial Reviews

Stephen Schiffer
This collection would make an excellent text for an advanced undergraduate or introductory graduate course in the philosophy of language. Its particular choice of readings is very good and not available in any other collection; its conceptualization of the subject and focus is extremely well suited for its intended audience, and the editors' introductions are substantive and helpful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742559769
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.43 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Susana Nuccetelli is associate professor of philosophy at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Gary Seay is associate professor of philosophy at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Part I: Language, Meaning, and Truth Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Suggestions for Further Reading Chapter 5 A. The Nature of Language Chapter 6 Chapter 1. Philosophical Investigations (excerpts) Chapter 7 Chapter 2. Rules and Representations (excerpt) Chapter 8 B. Truth, Meaning, and the Indeterminacy of Translation Chapter 9 Chapter 3. The Semantic Conception of Truth Chapter 10 Chapter 4. Semantics for Natural Languages Chapter 11 Chapter 5. Indeterminacy of Translation Again Chapter 12 C. Meaning as Intention Chapter 13 Chapter 6. Meaning Chapter 14 D. Meaning Chapter 15 Chapter 7. Meaning, Use and Truth Part 16 Part II:Meaning and Reference Chapter 17 Introduction Chapter 18 Suggestions for Further Reading Chapter 19 A. Proper Names Chapter 20 Chapter 8. On Sense and Reference Chapter 21 Chapter 9. Naming and Necessity (Lecture II) Chapter 22 B. Definite Descriptions Chapter 23 Chapter 10. Descriptions Chapter 24 Chapter 11. Reference and Definite Descriptions Chapter 25 Chapter 12. Descriptions (excerpt) Chapter 26 C. Demonstratives and Indexicals Chapter 27 Chapter 13. Demonstratives (excerpt) Chapter 28 Chapter 14. Understanding Demonstratives Part 29 Part III: Semantic Content Chapter 30 Introduction Chapter 31 Suggestions for Further Reading Chapter 32 A. Content: Direct-Reference Theory vs. Fregean Semantics Chapter 33 Chapter 15. Frege's Puzzle (excerpt) Chapter 34 Chapter 16. De Re Senses Chapter 35 B. A Puzzle About Belief Ascriptions Chapter 36 Chapter 17. A Puzzle about Belief (excerpt) Chapter 37 Chapter 18. What Puzzling Pierre Does Not Believe Chapter 38 C. The Internalism/Externalism Debate Chapter 39 Chapter 19. Meaning and Reference Chapter 40 Chapter 20. Are Meanings in the Head? Chapter 41 Chapter 21. The Social Character of Meaning Chapter 42 D. Externalism and Knowledge Chapter 43 Chapter 22. Anti-individualism and Privileged Access Chapter 44 Chapter 23. What an Anti-Individualist Knows A Priori Part 45 Part IV: Convention, Intention, and the Pragmatics of Language Chapter 46 Introduction Chapter 47 Suggestions for Further Reading Chapter 48 A. Speech Acts and Convention Chapter 49 Chapter 24. Performative - Constative Chapter 50 B. Speech Acts and Speaker Meaning Chapter 51 Chapter 25. Intention and Convention in Speech Acts Chapter 52 Chatper 26. Meaning (excerpt) Chapter 53 C. Speech Acts and Evolution Chapter 54 Chapter 27. Pushmi-Pullyu Representations Chapter 55 D. Conversational Implicature and Metaphor Chapter 56 Chapter 28. Logic and Conversation Chapter 57 Chapter 29. What Metaphors Mean

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