Language and the World: Pathways Program D. Philosophy of Language

Language and the World: Pathways Program D. Philosophy of Language

by Geoffrey Klempner


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How does thought relate to reality? One answer is, 'Through the medium of language.' That answer, a major outcome of developments in philosophy in the 20th century, implies a necessary priority of language over thought. The nature of thought, and of truth as the mark of what thought attains when it succeeds in representing how things are can only be approached — or so it is claimed — via the analysis of the workings of language. In this course, we shall take a detached and moderately sceptical view of these developments, focusing on the ambitious claim of the philosophy of language to provide the basis for resolving many of the central problems of philosophy.

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ISBN-13: 9781078709590
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 08/14/2019
Series: Pathways to Philosophy , #4
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 425,793
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Born in London in 1951, Geoffrey Klempner attended University College School 1964-69. During 1970-71 he worked as a photographer's assistant, followed by a brief spell on Fleet Street at Barratt's Photo-Press.

In 1976, he gained a First Class Honours BA in Philosophy from Birkbeck College London. He went on to University College Oxford, where he gained his B.Phil in Philosophy in 1978, followed by a D.Phil in 1982.

He moved to Sheffield in 1985, where he did a period of part-time teaching for the University of Sheffield, Rotherham College and the WEA.

In 1994, his book Naive Metaphysics was published by Avebury. Professor D.W. Hamlyn, Editor of Mind 1972-84, described it as "s a work of very considerable originality, not easy perhaps but one of unmistakable importance and standing."

In 1995 he founded Pathways to Philosophy, which has attracted students from over 90 countries, including students taking the BA (Hons) in Philosophy through the University of London International Programme.

He has authored numerous blogs including ‘Glass House Philosopher’, ‘Sophist’ and ‘Hedgehog Philosopher’. His most recent article is ‘Philosophy, Ethics and Dialogue’ which appeared in the Journal of Dialogue Studies.

He is widowed, with three daughters.

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