Readings in the Philosophy of Language / Edition 1

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Throughout the history of ideas, various branches of philosophy have spun off into the natural sciences, including physics, biology, and perhaps most recently, cognitive psychology. A central theme of this collection is that the philosophy of language, at least a core portion of it, has matured to the point where it is now being spun off into linguistic theory. Each section of the book contains historical (twentieth-century) readings and, where available, recent attempts to apply the resources of contemporary linguistic theory to the problems under discussion. This approach helps to root the naturalization project in the leading questions of analytic philosophy. Although the older readings predate the current naturalization project, they help to lay its conceptual foundations. The main sections of the book, each of which is preceded by an introduction, are Language and Meaning, Logical Form and Grammatical Form, Descriptions, Names,Demonstratives, and Attitude Reports.The collection is not intended as a final report on a mature line of philosophical inquiry. Rather, its purpose is to show students what doing real philosophy is all about and to let them share in the excitement as philosophers enter a period in which how philosophy of language is conducted could change in fundamental ways.

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"This is easily the best anthology in the philosophy of language; it is certain to become the standard textbook for years to come" Stephen Neale , Professor of Philosophy, Birkbeck College, University of London, and the University of California, Berkeley.

"This is easily the finest collection of essays in the philosophy of language assembled for students, for undergaduate or graduate students. There is not even a close second competitor." Ernie Lepore , Associate Director, Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS), Rutgers University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262621144
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 6/20/1997
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1091
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Ludlow, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, is the author of Semantics, Tense, and Time: An Essay in the Metaphysics of Natural Language (MIT Press, 1999), among other books, and the editor of Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias (MIT Press, 2001) and High Noon on the Electronic Frontier (MIT Press,1996).

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Language and Meaning 1
Ch. 1 The Thought: A Logical Inquiry 9
Ch. 2 Excerpt from The Blue and Brown Books 31
Ch. 3 Translation and Meaning 49
Ch. 4 Utterer's Meaning and Intentions 59
Ch. 5 Truth and Meaning 89
Ch. 6 What Model-Theoretic Semantics Cannot Do 109
Ch. 7 What Is a Theory of Meaning? 129
Ch. 8 Elucidations of Meaning 157
Ch. 9 Knowledge of Meaning and Theories of Truth 179
Pt. II Logical Form and Grammatical Form 201
Ch. 10 Some Remarks on Logical Form 209
Ch. 11 The Logical Form of Action Sentences 217
Ch. 12 Semantic Structure and Logical Form 233
Ch. 13 Deep Structure as Logical Form 257
Ch. 14 Logical Form as a Level of Linguistic Representation 281
Pt. III Definite and Indefinite Descriptions 317
Ch. 15 Descriptions 323
Ch. 16 On Referring 335
Ch. 17 Reference and Definite Descriptions 361
Ch. 18 Speaker's Reference and Semantic Reference 383
Ch. 19 Context and Communication 415
Ch. 20 Referential and Quantificational Indefinites 475
Ch. 21 Indefinite Descriptions: In Defense of Russell 523
Pt. IV Names 557
Ch. 22 On Sense and Reference 563
Ch. 23 Proper Names 585
Ch. 24 Reference and Proper Names 593
Ch. 25 Lecture II of Naming and Necessity 609
Ch. 26 The Causal Theory of Names 635
Pt. V Demonstratives 657
Ch. 27 Truth and Demonstratives 663
Ch. 28 Dthat 669
Ch. 29 Frege on Demonstratives 693
Ch. 30 Understanding Demonstratives 717
Ch. 31 Individuation and the Semantics of Demonstratives 745
Pt. VI Attitude Reports 769
Ch. 32 The Method of Intension 779
Ch. 33 On Synonymy and Indirect Discourse 793
Ch. 34 Vagaries of Reference 801
Ch. 35 On Saying That 817
Ch. 36 Opacity and Scope 833
Ch. 37 Sententialist Theories of Belief 855
Ch. 38 A Puzzle about Belief 875
Ch. 39 Direct Reference, Propositional Attitudes, and Semantic Content 921
Ch. 40 The Prince and the Phone Booth: Reporting Puzzling Beliefs 963
Ch. 41 Interpreted Logical Forms 993
Ch. 42 Intensional "Transitive" Verbs and Concealed Complement Clauses 1041
Index 1055
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