Philosophy of Language A Contemporary Introduction

ISBN-10: 0415957524

ISBN-13: 9780415957526

Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)

Authors: William Lycan

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Philosophy of Language: a Contemporary Introduction introduces the student to the main issues and theories in twentieth-century philosophy of language, focusing specifically on linguistic phenomena. Topics are structured in three parts in the book. Part I, Reference and Referring Expressions, includes topics such as Russell's Theory of Desciptions, Donnellan's distinction, problems of anaphora, the description theory of proper names, Searle's cluster theory, and the causal-historical theory. Part II, Theories of Meaning, surveys the competing theories of linguistic meaning and compares their various advantages and liabilities. Part III, Pragmatics and Speech Acts, introduces the basic concepts of linguistic pragmatics, includes a detailed discussion of the problem of indirect force and surveys approaches to metaphor. Part IV, new to this edition, examines the four theories of metaphor. Features of Philosophy of Language include: New chapters on Frege and puzzles, inferentialism, illocutionary theories ofmeaning and relevance theory chapter overviews and summaries clear supportive examples study questions annotated further reading glossary
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Book details

List price: $45.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgements
Acknowledgements for the Second Edition
Introduction: meaning and reference
Overview
Meaning and understanding
The Referential Theory
Summary
Questions
Further reading
Reference and referring
Definite descriptions
Overview
Singular terms
Russell's Theory of Descriptions
Objections to Russell's theory
Summary
Questions
Further reading
Proper names: the Description Theory
Overview
Frege and the puzzles
Opening objections
Searle's Cluster Theory
Kripke's critique
Summary
Questions
Further reading
Proper names: Direct Reference and the Causal-Historical Theory
Overview
Possible worlds
Rigidity and proper names
Direct Reference
The Causal-Historical Theory
Problems for the Causal-Historical Theory
Natural-kind terms and "Twin Earth"
Summary
Questions
Further reading
Theories of meaning
Traditional theories of meaning
Overview
The Proposition Theory
Summary
Questions
Further reading
"Use" theories
Overview
"Use" in a roughly Wittgensteinian sense
Objections and some replies
Inferentialism
Summary
Questions
Further reading
Psychological theories: Grice's program
Overview
Grice's basic idea
Speaker-meaning
Sentence meaning
Summary
Questions
Further reading
Verificationism
Overview
The theory and its motivation
Some objections
The big one
Summary
Questions
Further reading
Truth-Condition Theories: Davidson's program
Overview
Truth conditions
Truth-defining natural languages
Objections to the Davidsonian version
Summary
Questions
Further reading
Truth-Condition Theories: possible worlds and intensional semantics
Overview
Truth conditions reconceived
Advantages over Davidson's view
Remaining objections
Summary
Questions
Further reading
Pragmatics and speech acts
Semantic pragmatics
Overview
Semantic pragmatics vs. pragmatic pragmatics
The problem of deixis
The work of semantic pragmatics
Summary
Questions
Further reading
Speech acts and illocutionary force
Overview
Performatives
Infelicities and constitutive rules
Cohen's problem
Illocutionary theories of meaning
Summary
Questions
Further reading
Implicative relations
Overview
Conveyed meanings and invited inferences
Conversational implicature
Presupposition and conventional implicature
Relevance Theory
Indirect force
Summary
Questions
Further reading
The dark side
Metaphor
Overview
A philosophical bias
The issues, and two simple theories
Davidson's causal theory
The Naive Simile Theory
The Figurative Simile Theory
The Pragmatic Theory
Metaphor as analogical
Summary
Questions
Further reading
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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