Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century, Volume 2: The Age of Meaning

Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century, Volume 2: The Age of Meaning

by Scott Soames

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691115740
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/23/2003
Pages: 488
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Scott Soames is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California. His other books include Reference and Description (Princeton), Beyond Rigidity, and Understanding Truth.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction to Volume 2 xiii

PART ONE: LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN'S PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS 1

CHAPTER 1

Rejection of the Tractarian Conception of Language and Analysis 3

CHAPTER 2

Rule Following and the Private Language Argument 32

Suggested Further Reading 62

PART TWO: CLASSICS OF ORDINARY LANGUAGE PHILOSOPHY: TRUTH, GOODNESS, THE MIND, AND ANALYSIS 65

CHAPTER 3

Ryle's Dilemmas 67

CHAPTER 4

Ryle's Concept of Mind 92

CHAPTER 5

Strawson's Performative Theory of Truth 115

CHAPTER 6

Hare's Performative Theory of Goodness 135

Suggested Further Reading 153

PART THREE: MORE CLASSICS OF ORDINARY LANGUAGE PHILOSOPHY: THE RESPONSE TO RADICAL SKEPTICISM 155

CHAPTER 7

Malcolm's Paradigm Case Argument 157

CHAPTER 8

Austin's Sense and Sensibilia 171

Suggested Further Reading 193

PART FOUR: PAUL GRICE AND THE END OF ORDINARY LANGUAGE PHILOSOPHY 195

CHAPTER 9

Language Use and the Logic of Conversation 197

Suggested Further Reading 219

PART FIVE: THE PHILOSOPHICAL NATURALISM OF WILLARD VAN ORMAN QUINE 221

CHAPTER 10

The Indeterminacy of Translation 223

CHAPTER 11

Quine's Radical Semantic Eliminativism 259

Suggested Further Reading 287

PART SIX: DONALD DAVIDSON ON TRUTH AND MEANING 289

CHAPTER 12

Theories of Truth as Theories of Meaning 291

CHAPTER 13

Truth, Interpretation, and the Alleged Unintelligibility of Alternative Conceptual Schemes 312

Suggested Further Reading 331

PART SEVEN: SAUL KRIPKE ON NAMING AND NECESSITY 333

CHAPTER 14

Names, Essence, and Possibility 335

CHAPTER 15

The Necessary Aposteriori 372

CHAPTER 16

The Contingent Apriori 397

CHAPTER 17

Natural Kind Terms and Theoretical Identification Statements 423

Suggested Further Reading 457

EPILOGUE

The Era of Specialization 461

Index 477

What People are Saying About This

Nathan Salmon

This monumental study is a careful assessment of the successes and the failures of twentieth-century analytic philosophy. Soames displays unfailingly sound judgment throughout. The work is invaluable to those of us who have contributed to this period of very recent history of thought, and more importantly, to our students who will build upon the triumphs and will profit from the defeats of ourselves and our predecessors, carrying philosophy forward into the new millennium. The work is also a comprehensive reality check in the face of persistent accusations (coming not only from those who do not understand analytic philosophy, but also from those who remain stuck in its recent failures) that analytic philosophy is a disease or a futile exercise in wheel spinning. Analytic philosophy is, and has always been, a rational quest for knowledge and understanding. Its tools are clarification, argument, and tutored intuition. Soames provides perspective concerning the best of recent philosophical thought, articulating its most important developments, dead ends, and discoveries.
Nathan Salmon, University of California, Santa Barbara

Alex Byrne

Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century is a critical examination of key texts and trends in analytic philosophy by one of its leading contemporary practitioners. Soames has applied his formidable forensic talents to highlight the insights and expose the errors of the major figures from Moore to Kripke. These two volumes are an essential resource for any serious student of analytic philosophy.
Alex Byrne, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

John Hawthorne

This is an extraordinarily impressive piece of work. It will be very valuable to capable, advanced undergraduates, and I expect it to be used widely in graduate courses and discussed frequently by scholars. It provides a substantive vision of how and where real progress has been made by philosophers in the analytic tradition, as well as how and why analytic philosophy sometimes took a step backward. Soames himself is doing cutting-edge work in core areas of analytic philosophy and is thus able to bring a level of philosophical sophistication to his treatment that few have available to them.
John Hawthorne, Rutgers University

Ali Kazmi

Together these two volumes constitute an outstanding contribution to the field. They present the views and arguments of the major philosophers of the period with unmatched clarity and subject them to deep and critical scrutiny. In my view there is no other work on the history of twentieth-century century analytic philosophy that matches it in its scope, depth, and elegance.
Ali Kazmi, University of Calgary

Kit Fine

A history of analytic philosophy and an excellent piece of analytic philosophy in its own right. We can all benefit from Soames's discussion of the central issues that have shaped the subject and his assessment of what we have achieved and where we might have gone wrong.
Kit Fine, New York University

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