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The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Language / Edition 1

The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Language / Edition 1

by Richard Hanley, Michael Devitt


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The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Language / Edition 1

The Blackwell Guide to Philosophy of Language is acollection of twenty new essays in a cutting-edge and wide-rangingfield.

  • Surveys central issues in contemporary philosophy of languagewhile examining foundational topics
  • Provides pedagogical tools such as abstracts and suggestionsfor further readings
  • Topics addressed include the nature of meaning, speech acts andpragmatics, figurative language, and naturalistic theories ofreference

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780631231424
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/28/2006
Series: Blackwell Philosophy Guides Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Michael Devitt is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy atthe Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is theauthor of Designation (1981), Coming to Our Senses: ANaturalistic Program for Semantic Localism (1995), Realismand Truth (1997), and Language and Reality: An Introductionto the Philosophy of Language (with Kim Sterelny, 1999).

Richard Hanley is Associate Professor of Philosophy atthe University of Delaware. He is the author of The Metaphysicsof Star Trek (1997, reprinted in paperback as Is DataHuman?), as well as articles in metaphysics and philosophy oflanguage.

Table of Contents


Notes on Contributors.

Introduction: Michael Devitt and Richard Hanley.

Part I: Foundational Issues.

Foundations issues in the philosophy of language: Martin Davies(Australian National University).

Part II: Meaning.

The nature of meaning: Paul Horwich (City University of New YorkGraduate Center).

Truth and reference as the basis for meaning: James Higginbotham(University of Southern California).

Language, thought, and meaning: Brian Loar (RutgersUniversity).

Meaning skepticism: Alex Miller (Macquarie University).

Analyticity again: Jerry Fodor and Ernie Lepore (RutgersUniversity).

Formal semantics: Max Cresswell (University of Aukland &Texas A&M University) Speech acts and pragmatics: Kent Bach(San Francisco State University).

Figurative language: Josef Stern (University of Chicago &Bar-Ilan University, Israel).

Propositional attitude ascription: Mark Richard (TuftsUniversity).

Conditionals: Frank Jackson (Australian NationalUniversity).

Vagueness: Stephen Schiffer (New York University).

The semantics of non-factualism, non-cognitivism, quasi-realism:Simon Blackburn (University of Cambridge).

Part III: Reference.

Names: William Lycan (University of North Carolina).

General terms and mass terms: Stephen Schwartz (IthacaCollege).

Descriptions: Peter Ludlow and Stephen Neale (University ofMichigan & Rutgers University).

Using indexicals: John Perry (Stanford University).

Pronouns and anaphora: Stephen Neale (Rutgers University).

Naturalistic theories of reference: Karen Neander (University ofCalifornia, Davis) Truth: Vann McGee (Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology).




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“A superb collection of essays by a virtual who’s whoof the philosophy of language today…the articles clearly andhelpfully sum up the state of play without erasing theirauthors’ distinctive perspectives.”
Paul Boghossian, New York University

“Devitt and Hanley have assembled a superb list ofcontributors. They are all leading authorities on their topics, andtogether they offer an absolutely up-to-date analysis of currentissues in the philosophy of language. This is the first book Iwould choose for a course on this subject.”
David Papineau, King’s College London

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