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Why Does Language Matter to Philosophy?

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ISBN-10: 0521099986

ISBN-13: 9780521099981

Edition: 1975

Authors: Ian Hacking

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Many people find themselves dissatisfied with recent linguistic philosophy, and yet know that language has always mattered deeply to philosophy and must in some sense continue to do so. Ian Hacking considers here some dozen case studies in the history of philosophy to show the different ways in which language has been important, and the consequences for the development of the subject. There are chapters on, among others, Hobbes, Berkeley, Russell, Ayer, Wittgenstein, Chomsky, Feyerabend and Davidson. Dr Hacking ends by speculating about the directions in which philosophy and the study of language seem likely to go. The book will provide students with a stimulating, broad survey of problems…    
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 1975
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/26/1975
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Ian Hacking is University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. He holds the chair of Philosophy and History of Concepts at the College de France. Among his many books, the most recent is Rewriting the Soul.

Preface
Strategy
The heyday of ideas
Thomas Hobbes' mental discourse
Port Royal's ideas
Bishop Berkeley's abstractions
Nobody's theory of meaning
The heyday of meanings
Noam Chomsky's innatism
Bertrand Russell's acquaintance
Ludwig Wittgenstein's articulation
A. J. Ayer's verification
Norman Malcolm's dreams
The heyday of sentences
Paul Feyerabend's theories
Donald Davidson's truth
Tarski's theory
Problems and extensions
The theory of meaning
The verification of T-sentences
Charity and humanity
The determinacy of translation
Why does language matter to philosophy?
The heyday of ideas
The heyday of meanings
The heyday of sentences
Bibliography
Index