Language and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Language

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MIT Press, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 342 pages
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What is language? How does it relate to the world? How does it relate to the mind? Should our view of language influence our view of the world? These are among the central issues covered in this spirited and unusually clear introduction to the philosophy of language.Making no pretense of neutrality, Michael Devitt and Kim Sterelny take a definite theoretical stance. Central to that stance is naturalism--that is, they treat a philosophical theory of language as an empirical theory like any other and see people as nothing but complex parts of the physical world. This leads them, controversially, to a deflationary view of the significance of the study of language: they dismiss the idea that the philosophy of language should be preeminent in philosophy.This highly successful textbook has been extensively rewritten for the second edition to reflect recent developments in the field.

 

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language is an essential part of our existence .

Contents

Introduction
3
Truth and Reference
19
Names
45
Names
66
Other Terms
83
Syntactic Structure
114
Thought and Meaning
137
Linguistic Competence
166
Linguistic Relativity
217
Verificationism
233
Structuralism
259
First Philosophy
275
15 Rational Psychology
289
Glossary
307
Bibliography
314
Index
332

f9 Defending Representationalism
200

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Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, Artistic Director of Mahak International Artists, Inc.,has written, produced, directed, designed, and/or acted in over 40 stage and screen productionsin the U.S., Europe, and his native Iran. His literary credits include fiveplays, two books of poetry, several translations from and into Persian, and numerousarticles and interviews both in English and Persian. Dr. Hakak has taught at such universitiesas Towson, CUNY, SMU here in the U.S., as well as universities in Belgiumand Iran. At present he serves as Associate Professor and Producer of the Theatre Seriesat Siena College, New York.

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