Communicative Pragmatism and Other Philosophical Essays on Language

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 213 pages
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In this pioneering study of communicative conventions, distinguished philosopher Nicholas Rescher focuses on the principles at work in the communicative use of language. Rescher explores various aspects of explanatory and expository uses of language across a wide range of applications, ranging from the factual to the fictional, and from the expository to the literary. A unifying theme of the book is pragmatic conventionality. Rescher explores the fundamentally pragmatic conception of communicative conventions: rules of procedure that form part of the setting of tacit undertakings that function in various sectors of communicative practice. Only in this setting, he argues, can one achieve an adequate understanding of the way in which the business of communication is actually carried on within its wider setting of its service in the conduct of human affairs.
 

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COMMUNICATIVE PRAGMATISM
3
RHETORIC AND RATIONAL ARGUMENTATION
49
TRUTH CONDITIONS VERSUS USE CONDITIONS A STUDY ON THE UTILITY OF PRAGMATICS
61
PRESUMPTION AND PROBABILITY
77
OBJECTIVITY AND COMMUNICATION
85
BIOGRAPHOLOGY AN INTRODUCTION TO BIOGRAPHY THEORY
99
ON THE WAYS AND VAGARIES OF FICTION
109
THE SIGNIFICATION OF SILENCE
145
THE INTERPRETATION OF PHILOSOPHICAL TEXTS
153
PHILOSOPHICAL DISCOURSE
171
AGAINST DECONSTRUCTIONISM
197
NAME INDEX
211
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Nicholas Rescher is university professor of philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, and the author of many books, including Priceless Knowledge? (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997), Public Concerns (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995), and Profitable Speculation (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997).

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