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Overview

According to Peter Ludlow, there is a very close relation between the structure of natural language and that of reality, and one can gain insights into long-standing metaphysical questions by studying the semantics of natural language. In this book Ludlow uses the metaphysics of time as a case study and focuses on the dispute between A-theorists and B-theorists about the nature of time. According to B-theorists, there is no genuine change, but a permanent sequence of events ordered by an earlier-than/later-than relation. According to the version of the A-theory adopted by Ludlow (a position sometimes called "presentism"), there are no past or future events or times; what makes something past or future is how the world stands right now.
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"A notable work in many respects, with an extremely interestingdiscussion of the prospects for giving the semantics of tense in atensed metalanguage. Semantics, Tense, andTime exemplifies therecent, very productive, evolution of the philosophy of language,withits characteristic amalgam of linguistics, metaphysics, and logic." James Higginbotham, Professor of General Linguistics, University of Oxford
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A notable work in many respects, with an extremely interesting discussion of the prospects for giving the semantics of tense in a tensed metalanguage.

Semantics, Tense, and Time exemplifies the recent, very productive, evolution of the philosophy of language, with its characteristic amalgam of linguistics, metaphysics, and logic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262122191
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/3/1999
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.93 (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

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Nature of Language 17
Ch. 2 The Form of the Semantic Theory 27
Ch. 3 Attitudes and Indexicals 47
Ch. 4 Drawing Metaphysical Consequences from a T-Theory 65
Ch. 5 The B-Theory Semantics 77
Ch. 6 Problems with the B-Theory Semantics 87
Ch. 7 The A-Theory Semantics 97
Ch. 8 Temporal Anaphora without B-Series Resources 111
Ch. 9 Broadening the Investigation 137
Ch. 10 Consequences 147
Philosophical Appendixes [s.n.]
Technical Appendixes [s.n.]
Notes 245
Bibliography 233
Index 247
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