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Soames, Scott

Overview
Works: 37 works in 384 publications in 3 languages and 16,246 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, ed
Classifications: B808.5, 146.4
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Most widely held works by Scott Soames
Philosophical analysis in the twentieth century by Scott Soames( Book )

95 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a major, wide-ranging history of analytic philosophy since 1900, told by one of the tradition's leading contemporary figures. The first volume takes the story from 1900 to mid-century. The second brings the history up to date. As Scott Soames tells
Syntactic argumentation and the structure of English by David M Perlmutter( Book )

15 editions published between 1979 and 1997 in English and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[This book] presents the major theoretical developments in generative syntax and the empirical arguments motivating them. Beautifully and lucidly written, it is an invaluable resource for working linguists as well as a pedagogical tool of unequaled depth and breadth. The chief focus of the book is syntactic argumentation. Beginning with the fundamentals of generative syntax, it proceeds by a series of gradually unfolding arguments to analyses of some of the most sophisticated proposals. It includes a wide variety of problems that guide the reader in constructing arguments deciding between alternative analyses of syntactic constructions and alternative theoretical formulations. -- Back cover
Philosophy of language by Scott Soames( Book )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigates foundational concepts - such as truth, reference, and meaning - that are central to the philosophy of language. This book describes how philosophers from Frege, Russell, Tarski, and Carnap to Kripke, Kaplan, and Montague developed precise techniques for understanding the languages of logic and mathematics
Understanding truth by Scott Soames( Book )

22 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this volume, the author illuminates the notion of truth and the role it plays in our ordinary thought, as well as in our logical, philosophical and scientific theories. The main questions investigated include "Why do we need a truth predicate at all?", "What theoretical tasks does it allow us to accomplish?" and "How must we understand the content of any predicate capable of accomplishing these tasks?". The main aim of the book is to integrate and extend the most important insight on truth from a variety of sources
Reference and description : the case against two-dimensionalism by Scott Soames( Book )

25 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, Scott Soames defends the revolution in philosophy led by Saul Kripke, Hilary Putnam, and David Kaplan against attack from those wishing to revive descriptivism in the philosophy of language, internalism in the philosophy of mind and conceptualism in the foundations of modality. Soames explains how, in the last twenty-five years, this attack on the anti-descriptivist revolution has coalesced around a technical development called two dimensional modal logic that seeks to reinterpret the Kripkean categories of the necessary aposteriori and the contingent apriori in ways that drain them of their far-reaching philosophical significance."--Jacket
Propositions and attitudes( Book )

13 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is meaning? by Scott Soames( Book )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the publisher. The tradition descending from Frege and Russell has typically treated theories of meaning either as theories of meanings (propositions expressed), or as theories of truth conditions. However, propositions of the classical sort don't exist, and truth conditions can't provide all the information required by a theory of meaning. In this book, one of the world's leading philosophers of language offers a way out of this dilemma. Traditionally conceived, propositions are denizens of a "third realm" beyond mind and matter, "grasped" by mysterious Platonic intuition. As conceived here, they are cognitive-event types in which agents predicate properties and relations of things{u2014}in using language, in perception, and in nonlinguistic thought. Because of this, one's acquaintance with, and knowledge of, propositions is acquaintance with, and knowledge of, events of one's cognitive life. This view also solves the problem of "the unity of the proposition" by explaining how propositions can be genuinely representational, and therefore bearers of truth. The problem, in the traditional conception, is that sentences, utterances, and mental states are representational because of the relations they bear to inherently representational Platonic complexes of universals and particulars. Since we have no way of understanding how such structures can be representational, independent of interpretations placed on them by agents, the problem is unsolvable when so conceived. However, when propositions are taken to be cognitive-event types, the order of explanation is reversed and a natural solution emerges. Propositions are representational because they are constitutively related to inherently representational cognitive acts. Strikingly original, What Is Meaning? is a major advance
Beyond rigidity : the unfinished semantic agenda of Naming and necessity by Scott Soames( Book )

27 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his work, Naming and Necessity, Saul Kripke undermined descriptive analyses of names by showing that they are rigid designators. He thereby told us what their meanings are not, but not what they are. In Beyond Rigidity, Scott Soames fills this gap." "Using a new conception of how the meaning of a sentence relates to the information asserted and conveyed by utterances, Soames argues that the meaning of a linguistically simple name is its referent and that the meaning of a (linguistically complex) partially descriptive name is a compound that includes both a referent and a partial description. Though not, strictly speaking, rigid designators, partially descriptive names are nearly so in that they always designate the same object, when they designate anything at all." "Beyond Rigidity distills, modifies, and extends some of the most important ideas in the philosopby of language in the last thirty years. Its impact will be far-reaching."--Jacket
Philosophical foundations of language in the law by Andrei Marmor( Book )

20 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection brings together the best contemporary philosophical work in the area of intersection between philosophy of language and the law. Some of the contributors are philosophers of language who are interested in applying advances in philosophy of language to legal issues, and some of the participants are philosophers of law who are interested in applying insights and theories from philosophy of language to their work on the nature of law and legal interpretation. By making this body of recent work available in a single volume, readers will gain both a general overview of the various interactions between language and law, and also detailed analyses of particular areas in which these interactions manifest. The contributions to this volume are grouped under three main general areas: The first area concerns a critical assessment, in light of recent advances in philosophy of language, of the foundational role of language in understanding the nature of law itself. The second main area concerns a number of ways in which an understanding of language can resolve some of the issues prevalent in legal interpretation, such as the various ways in which semantic content can differ from law's assertive content; the contribution of presuppositions and pragmatic implicatures in understanding what the law conveys; the role of vagueness in legal language, for example. The third general topic concerns the role of language in the context of particular legal doctrines and legal solutions to practical problems, such as the legal definitions of inchoate crimes, the legal definition of torture, or the contractual doctrines concerning default rules. Together, these three key issues cover a wide range of philosophical interests in law that can be elucidated by a better understanding of language and linguistic communication"--
The analytic tradition in philosophy by Scott Soames( Book )

22 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first of five volumes of a definitive history of analytic philosophy from the invention of modern logic in 1879 to the end of the twentieth century. Scott Soames, a leading philosopher of language and historian of analytic philosophy, provides the fullest and most detailed account of the analytic tradition yet published, one that is unmatched in its chronological range, topics covered, and depth of treatment. Focusing on the major milestones and distinguishing them from the dead ends, Soames gives a seminal account of where the analytic tradition has been and where it appears to
Rethinking language, mind, and meaning by Scott Soames( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, Scott Soames argues that the revolution in the study of language and mind that has taken place since the late nineteenth century must be rethought. The central insight in the reigning tradition is that propositions are representational. To know the meaning of a sentence or the content of a belief requires knowing which things it represents as being which ways, and therefore knowing what the world must be like if it is to conform to how the sentence or belief represents it. These are truth conditions of the sentence or belief. But meanings and representational contents are not truth conditions, and there is more to propositions than representational content. In addition to imposing conditions the world must satisfy if it is to be true, a proposition may also impose conditions on minds that entertain it. The study of mind and language cannot advance further without a conception of propositions that allows them to have contents of both of these sorts. Soames provides it. He does so by arguing that propositions are repeatable, purely representational cognitive acts or operations that represent the world as being a certain way, while requiring minds that perform them to satisfy certain cognitive conditions. Because they have these two type of content - one facing the world and one facing the mind - pairs of propositions can be representationally identical but cognitively distinct. Using this breakthrough, Soames offers new solutions to several of the most perplexing problems in the philosophy of language and mind. -- from dust jacket
Philosophical essays by Scott Soames( Book )

15 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The two volumes of Philosophical Essays bring together the most important essays written by one of the world's foremost philosophers of language. Scott Soames has selected thirty-one essays spanning nearly three decades of thinking about linguistic meaning and the philosophical significance of language. A judicious collection of old and new, these volumes include sixteen essays published in the 1980s and 1990s, nine published since 2000, and six new essays. The essays in volume 1 investigate: what linguistic meaning is; how the meaning of a sentence is related to the use we make of it; what we should expect from empirical theories of the meaning of the languages we speak; and, how a sound theoretical grasp of the intricate relationship between meaning and use can improve the interpretation of legal texts. The essays in volume 2 illustrate: the significance of linguistic concerns for a broad range of philosophical topics - including the relationship between language and thought; the objects of belief, assertion, and other propositional attitudes; the distinction between metaphysical and epistemic possibility; the nature of necessity, actuality, and possible worlds; the necessary a posteriori and the contingent a priori; truth, vagueness, and partial definition; and, skepticism about meaning and mind. The two volumes of Philosophical Essays are essential for anyone working on the philosophy of language
New thinking about propositions by Jeffrey C King( Book )

17 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy, science, and common sense all refer to propositions - things we believe and say, and things which are true or false. But there is no consensus on what sorts of things these entities are. Jeffrey C. King, Scott Soames, and Jeff Speaks argue that commitment to propositions is indispensable, and each defend their own views on the debate
Analytic philosophy in America : and other historical and contemporary essays by Scott Soames( Book )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection of recent and unpublished essays, analytic philosopher Scott Soames traces milestones in his field from its beginnings in Britain and Germany in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, through its subsequent growth in the United States, up to its present as the world's most vigorous philosophical tradition. The central essay chronicles how analytic philosophy developed in the United States out of American pragmatism, the impact of European visitors and immigrants, the midcentury transformation of the Harvard philosophy department, and the rapid spread of the analytic approach that followed
Philosophical essays by Scott Soames( Book )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The two volumes of Philosophical Essays bring together the most important essays written by one of the world's foremost philosophers of language. Scott Soames has selected thirty-one essays spanning nearly three decades of thinking about linguistic meaning and the philosophical significance of language. A judicious collection of old and new, these volumes include sixteen essays published in the 1980s and 1990s, nine published since 2000, and six new essays. The essays in volume 1 investigate: what linguistic meaning is; how the meaning of a sentence is related to the use we make of it; what we should expect from empirical theories of the meaning of the languages we speak; and, how a sound theoretical grasp of the intricate relationship between meaning and use can improve the interpretation of legal texts. The essays in volume 2 illustrate: the significance of linguistic concerns for a broad range of philosophical topics - including the relationship between language and thought; the objects of belief, assertion, and other propositional attitudes; the distinction between metaphysical and epistemic possibility; the nature of necessity, actuality, and possible worlds; the necessary a posteriori and the contingent a priori; truth, vagueness, and partial definition; and, skepticism about meaning and mind. The two volumes of Philosophical Essays are essential for anyone working on the philosophy of language
Philosophical essays by Scott Soames( Book )

10 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The two volumes of Philosophical Essays bring together the most important essays written by one of the world's foremost philosophers of language. Scott Soames has selected thirty-one essays spanning nearly three decades of thinking about linguistic meaning and the philosophical significance of language. A judicious collection of old and new, these volumes include sixteen essays published in the 1980s and 1990s, nine published since 2000, and six new essays. The essays in volume 1 investigate: what linguistic meaning is; how the meaning of a sentence is related to the use we make of it; what we should expect from empirical theories of the meaning of the languages we speak; and, how a sound theoretical grasp of the intricate relationship between meaning and use can improve the interpretation of legal texts. The essays in volume 2 illustrate: the significance of linguistic concerns for a broad range of philosophical topics - including the relationship between language and thought; the objects of belief, assertion, and other propositional attitudes; the distinction between metaphysical and epistemic possibility; the nature of necessity, actuality, and possible worlds; the necessary a posteriori and the contingent a priori; truth, vagueness, and partial definition; and, skepticism about meaning and mind. The two volumes of Philosophical Essays are essential for anyone working on the philosophy of language
Philosophical essays : what it means and how we use it by Scott Soames( )

in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophical analysis in the twentieth century by Scott Soames( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Natural language what it means and how we use it by Scott Soames( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophical essays by Scott Soames( )

in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Scott Soames American philosopher

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Syntactic argumentation and the structure of EnglishPhilosophy of languageUnderstanding truthReference and description : the case against two-dimensionalismWhat is meaning?Beyond rigidity : the unfinished semantic agenda of Naming and necessityPhilosophical foundations of language in the lawPhilosophical essays