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Philosophy of language

Author: Scott Soames
Publisher: Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, 2012. ©2010
Series: Princeton foundations of contemporary philosophy.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book one of the world's foremost philosophers of language presents his unifying vision of the field--its principal achievements, its most pressing current questions, and its most promising future directions. In addition to explaining the progress philosophers have made toward creating a theoretical framework for the study of language, Scott Soames investigates foundational concepts--such as truth,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Soames
ISBN: 9780691155975 0691155976
OCLC Number: 798408455
Notes: Originally published: 2010.
Description: viii, 189 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The logical study of language --
Truth, interpretation, and meaning --
Meaning, modality, and possible worlds semantics --
Rigid designation, direct reference, and indexicality --
The metaphysics of meaning : propositions and possible worlds --
Apriority, aposteriority, and actuality --
The limits of meaning.
Series Title: Princeton foundations of contemporary philosophy.
Responsibility: Scott Soames.

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"In this book one of the world's foremost philosophers of language presents his unifying vision of the field--its principal achievements, its most pressing current questions, and its most promising future directions. In addition to explaining the progress philosophers have made toward creating a theoretical framework for the study of language, Scott Soames investigates foundational concepts--such as truth, reference, and meaning--that are central to the philosophy of language and important to philosophy as a whole. The first part of the 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, and how these techniques have been refined and extended to the study of natural human languages. The book then builds on this account, exploring new thinking about propositions, possibility, and the relationship between meaning, assertion, and other aspects of language use. An invaluable overview of the philosophy of language by one of its most important practitioners, this book will be essential reading for all serious students of philosophy."--Back cover.

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