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A Companion to the Philosophy of Language Paperback – June 4, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0631213260 ISBN-10: 0631213260

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  • Paperback: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (June 4, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631213260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631213260
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This volume is a key text & indispensable reference for philosophy of language, philosophical logic, metaphysics & epistemology.

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Written by an international assembly of leading philosophers, this volume provides a survey of contemporary philosophy of language. As well as providing a synoptic view of the key issues, figures, concepts and debates, each essay makes new and original contributions to ongoing debate.

Topics covered include: rule following, modality, realism, indeterminacy of translation, inscrutability of reference, names and rigid destination, Davidson's programme, meaning and verification, intention and convention, radical interpretation, tacit knowledge, metaphor, causal theories of semantics, objects and criteria of identity, theories of truth, force and pragmatics, essentialism, demonstratives, reference and necessity, identity, meaning and privacy of language, vagueness and the sorites paradox, holisms, propositional attitudes, analyticity.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Nessander VINE VOICE on October 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
The editors state in their Preface that this Companion is 'intended as a guide for a more ambitious and determined explorer', and we can believe them. This book is not encyclopaedic; it does not provide dictionary-like entries that are short and sweet on the various topics and terms one might come across in the study of language. Rather, it provides 25 serious, yet readable articles on various topics in the Phil. of Language.
These chapters are divided up into 3 sections: Meaning and Theories of Meaning; Language, Truth and Reality; and Reference, Identity and Necessity. The contributors are all scholars in the field, but mainly British (I believe 9 out of the 23 come from American universities; 4 out of the 23 come from Oxford alone). What is good is that they do not intend introductory essays into the various fields (pragmatics, intention, meaning, verification, etc) but take up their respective positions and argue them.
For this reason, the book is of value to those students interested in the study of this subject and willing to immerse themselves, but who are not yet 'experts' in the field. For those who are just starting out, it is not an appropriate introductory work.
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