Philosophy of language is the branch of philosophy that examines the nature of meaning, the relationship of language to reality, and the ways in which we use, learn, and understand language.
The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language provides a comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the field, charting its history and key figures and movements, and addressing enduring questions and contemporary research in the philosophy of language. Unique to this Companion is clear coverage of research from the related disciplines of formal logic and linguistics, and discussion of the applications of work done in the philosophy of language to metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of mind.
Organized thematically, the Companion is divided into seven sections: Parts of Speech; Logic for Philosophy of Language; Philosophy of Language for the Rest of Philosophy; Aspects of Language; Foundations of Semantics; Methodology; and Historical Perspectives.
Comprised of 74 never-before-published essays from leading scholarsincluding Kit Fine, Kai von Fintel, Scott Soames, Robert Stainton, Jason Stanley and Stephen Stichthe Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language promises to be the most comprehensive and authoritative resource for students and scholars alike.
About the Author
Gillian Russell is Associate Professor in Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis.
Delia Graff Fara is Associate Professor in Philosophy at Princeton University.
Table of Contents
Preface Part 1: Parts of Speech 1. Names Barbara Abbott 2. Descriptions Peter Ludlow 3. Quantifiers and Determiners Aldo Antonelli and Robert May 4. Anaphora Jeffrey King 5. Generics Sarah-Jane Leslie 6. Adjectives Chris Kennedy 7. Verbs Zoltan Gendler Szabo 8. Adverbs Delia Graff Fara 9. Mass Terms Jeff Pelletier 10. Indexicals and Demonstratives Allyson Mount 11. Indicative Conditionals Anthony Gillies 12. Subjunctive Conditionals Kai von Fintel 13. Tense and Aspect Mark Richard 14. Questions Paul Hagstrom Part 2: Logic for Philosophy of Language 15. Model Theory John P. Burgess 16. Quantification Gila Sher 17. Tense Logic Antony Galton 18. Modal Logic Kit Fine 19. Two Dimensional Logic Steven Kuhn 20. Multi-valued Logics Nicholas J.J. Smith 21. Dynamic Logic Johan van Bentham 22. Intuitionism Allen Hazen 23. Montague Grammar Richmond Thomason Part 3: Philosophy of Language for the Rest of Philosophy 24. Case Study 1: Dispositional Expressions Alexander Bird 25. Case Study 4: Language of Causation Eric Swanson 26. Apriority Paul Boghossian 27. Necessity Gillian Russell 28. Propositional Attitudes David Shier 29. Gender Sally McConnell-Ginet 30. Race Rae Langton, Sally Haslinger & Luvell Anderson 31. Philosophy of Language for Epistemology Ram Neta 32. Philosophy of Language for Metaphysics James Cargile 33. Philosophy of Language for Metaethics Mark Schroeder Part 4: Aspects of Language 34. Extensions, Intensions, Characters and Beyond David Braun 35. Semantics and Pragmatics Christopher Gauker 36. Logical Form Kirk Ludwig 37. Compositionality Josh Dever 38. Focus and Intonation Daniel Buring 39. Pragmatic Enrichment Francois Recanati 40. Meaning and Communication Kent Bach 41. Relevance Theory Robyn Carston 42. Truth and Reference in Fiction Stavroula Glezakos 43. Analytic Truth Cory Juhl and Eric Loomis 44. Vagueness Robert R. G. Williams 45. Context Sensitivity Ernie LePore and Tom Donaldson 46. Relativism John MacFarlane 47. Empty Names Sarah Sawyer Part 5: Foundations of Semantics 48. Possible World Semantics Daniel Nolan 49. Theories of Truth Matti Eklund 50. Reference Teresa Robertson 51. Concepts Christopher Peacocke 52. Propositions Scott Soames 53. Semantic Competence James Higginbotham 54. Skepticism about Meaning Michael McDermott 55. Conceptual Role Semantics Mark Greenberg 56. Event Based Semantics Barry Schein 57. Situation Semantics John Perry 58. Dynamic Semantics Seth Yalcin Part 6: Methodology 59. The Role of Mathematical Methods Larry Moss 60. The Role of Psychology Robert Stainton 61. The Role of Experiment Steve Stich and Edouard Machery 62. The Role of Artificial Languages Martin Stokhof 63. The Role of Linguistics Sarah Moss Part 7: Historical Perspectives 64. Medieval Philosophy of Language Gyula Klima 65. Modern Philosophy of Language Michael Losonsky 66. Logical Positivism and Quine Sanford Shieh 67. The History of Generative Grammar Robert Freiden 68. 20th Century Philosophy of Language Jason Stanley 69. Ancient Philosophy Luca Castagnoli