Introduction to the Philosophy of Language

ISBN-10: 0521603110

ISBN-13: 9780521603119

Edition: 2007

Authors: Michael Morris
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Description: In this textbook, Michael Morris offers a critical introduction to the central issues of the philosophy of language. Each chapter focusses on one or two texts which have had a seminal influence on work in the subject, and uses these as a way of approaching both the central topics and the various traditions of dealing with them. Texts include classic writings by Frege, Russell, Kripke, Quine, Davidson, Austin, Grice and Wittgenstein. Theoretical jargon is kept to a minimum and is fully explained whenever it is introduced. The range of topics covered includes sense and reference, definite descriptions, proper names, natural-kind terms, de re and de dicto necessity, propositional attitudes, truth-theoretical approaches to meaning, radical interpretation, indeterminacy of translation, speech acts, intentional theories of meaning, and scepticism about meaning. The book will be invaluable to students and to all readers who are interested in the nature of linguistic meaning.

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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 334
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Locke and the nature of language
Introduction
What Locke says
Meaning and signification
Problems about communication
Words and sentences
Locke's less disputed assumptions
Frege on Sense and reference
Introduction
Psychologism and the Context Principle
Frege and logic
Frege's mature system (i): reference
Frege's mature system (ii): Sense
Two further uses of the notion of Sense
Questions about Sense
Sense and the Basic Worry
Russell on definite descriptions
Introduction
The problems
Russell's solution in outline
Russell's solution in detail
Strawson on definite descriptions
Donnellan on referential and attributive uses of descriptions
Russellian defences
Russell beyond descriptions
Kripke on proper names
Introduction
Kripke's target
Kripke's objections (i): simple considerations
Kripke's objections (ii): epistemic and modal considerations
Defences of the description theory
Sense and direct reference
Conclusion
Natural-kind terms
Introduction
A Lockean view of natural-kind terms: the individualist version
A Lockean view without individualism
How can there be Kripke-Putnam natural-kind terms?
How can natural-kind terms be rigid designators?
Quine on de re and de dicto modality
Introduction
Quine's three grades of modal involvement
Referential opacity and Leibniz's law
Referential opacity and the three grades
Quine's logical problem with de re modality
Quine's metaphysical worries about de re modality
Reference and propositional attitudes
Introduction
Quine's problem
Quine's proposed solution
Perry and the essential indexical
The problems for Quine's solution
Consequences
The semantics of propositional attitudes
Introduction
Kripke, names, necessity and propositional attitudes
Kripke's Pierre
Referential solutions to the puzzle
A Fregean response
Davidson's proposal
Can Davidson's proposal solve Kripke's puzzle?
Davidson on truth and meaning
Introduction
Meanings as entities
Tarski's 'definition' of truth
Davidson's use of Tarski
The obvious objections to Davidson's proposal
Truth and the possibility of general semantics
One final worry
Quine and Davidson on translation and interpretation
Introduction
Quine and radical translation
Davidson and radical interpretation
Statements of meaning and prepositional attitudes
Theories of meaning and speakers' knowledge
How fundamental is radical interpretation?
Quine on the indeterminacy of translation
Introduction
Two dogmas of empiricism'
Indeterminacy and inscrutability
Resisting Quine on indeterminacy: some simple ways
Austin on speech acts
Introduction
Performative utterances
Towards a general theory of speech acts
Truth and performatives
Issues for a theory of speech acts
Grice on meaning
Introduction
Grice's overall strategy
Sympathetic objections to Grice's account of speaker-meaning
Sympathetic objections to Grice's account of expression-meaning
An unsympathetic objection to Grice's account of expression-meaning
An unsympathetic objection to Grice's account of speaker-meaning
After Grice
Kripke on the rule-following paradox
Introduction
The sceptical challenge
The 'sceptical solution'
A community-based response
Can dispositionalism be defended?
Anti-reductionism and radical interpretation
Wittgenstein on the Augustinian picture
Introduction
The Augustinian picture
The Anti-Metaphysical interpretation
The Quasi-Kantian interpretation
Worries about these Wittgensteinian views
Glossary
Works cited
Index
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