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An Introduction to the Philosophy of Language (Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy)

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ISBN-13: 978-0521842150
ISBN-10: 0521842158
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"'This is a knowledgeable and very useful addition to contemporary introductions to the philosophy of language, somewhere in difficulty between Lycan's 2008 and Taylor's (1998) worthy texts. It is the right size for a 15-week semester course, at one chapter a week (students like to use what they buy) ...this book will give any motivated student a good survey of the subject."
--Robert Harnish, University of Arizona, Philosphy in Review

Book Description

This critical introduction to the philosophy of language focusses on one or two texts which have had a seminal influence on work in the subject, and uses these as a way of approaching both the central topics and the various traditions of dealing with them.

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy
  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521842158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521842150
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,751,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bronx book nerd VINE VOICE on June 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I find it so ironic that a discipline that seeks to understand language finds it so difficult to communicate what it wants to say. I read this book more as a way to familiarize myself with the terms and concepts rather than to fully grasp everything simply because it is both a very challenging topic but also one that is communicated so densely. I got lost after the presentation of Frege's sense and reference, which is basically like getting lost on brick number three of the yellow brick road. It was all downhill from there. Here and there I captured the meaning of what the various philosophers featured in this book where trying to say and I got some sense of why and how they were trying to accomplish it. For example, the use of other possible worlds; models of languages; etc. But really, unless you are somewhat steeped in the subject, this book is very, very hard going. One passage, if I recall correctly, basically credited a philosopher with connecting language to the most fundamental reality of existence. What makes it even more confusing, is that for just about every theory or belief, there is an opposing theory, or a modified theory, or the author introduces his own, or the original author, it turns out, eventually disagreed with what he originally proposed. In the end then, there is a feeling that there is nothing to hold on to, nothing accurate or true or lasting. There is no way that this book is for the uninitiated.
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Used this in my Philosophy of Language Class, easy to understand the author but the author seemed bias in regards to ancient philosophers and Wittgenstein
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