An Introduction to the Philosophy of Language
A good deal of contemporary philosophical discussion appeals implicitly or explicitly to one or another doctrine about the nature of natural languages. In this book these doctrines are set out and subjected to critical examination as contributions to a philosophical topic worthy of discussion in its own rights. The book undertakes a systematic critical discussion of conflicting doctrines about linguistic meaning and the nature of natural languages current in contemporary philosophy. It is unique in its attempt to draw together and relate to each other all the important strands of theorizing about language which go on in contemporary philosophy. -- Back cover.
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The Autonomy of the Linguistic Sign
Reference and Generality
General Names and Particulars
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analytic appeal application argument assertion behaviour communication competent speaker concept connection construction context conventions criteria criterion Davidson defined determine distinction doctrine Dummett empirical English example existence explain fact Frege Fregian fundamental Gavagai give grammar grasp Grice Gricean Ibid ideas identify illocutionary illocutionary acts individual intentions interpretation intuition language game linguistic Locke Locke's logical modal modal logic natural kinds natural language Nixon notion objects ontological ostensive definition particular perceptual Philosophical Remarks philosophy of language possible worlds predicate problem promise proper name properties propositions Putnam question Quine Quine's radical recognise relationship rules Russell Searle Searle's seems sense and reference sensory sentence sentential simple signs simply sort speech acts statement stimulus meaning Strawson supposed synonymy Theory of Descriptions theory of meaning things thought tion toothache Tractatus translation true truth conditions truth or falsity truth theory truth value understand utterance verificationism verificationist Wittgenstein words