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Meaning (Wiley Blackwell Readings in Philosophy) Hardcover – February 24, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0631222224 ISBN-10: 0631222227

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"This book covers a wide range of core topics in philosophy of language and strikes a nice balance between classic papers and more recent work. The collection will form the basis for an excellent course on philosophy of language."
--Stephen Laurence, University of Sheffield

"Meaning takes the reader through many of the most crucial developments in the study of meaning from Frege through to the present day; this book will certainly prove an invaluable resource for both students and professionals."
--Emma Borg, University of Reading

"This is an excellent collection on meaning, blending classics with insightful recent contributions."
--Michael Devitt, City University of New York

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Meaning brings together some of the most significant philosophical work on linguistic representation and understanding, presenting canonical essays on core questions in the philosophy of language.This anthology includes classic articles by key figures such as Frege, Quine, Putnam, Kripke, and Davidson; and recent reactions to this work by philosophers including Mark Wilson, Scott Soames, James Higginbotham, and Frank Jackson. Topics discussed include analyticity; translational indeterminacy; theories of reference; meaning as use; the nature of linguistic competence; truth and meaning; and relations between semantics and metaphysics. An extensive introduction gives an overview and detailed critical evaluation of the seminal views and arguments represented in the anthology. Meaning is an ideal text for courses in philosophy of language and semantics.

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Mark Richard was born in Manhattan and grew up surrounded by potato fields, clams, and bluefish on eastern Long Island. He spent four very cold years in central New York state wondering why he didn't go to college somewhere warmer. After a year at the University of Freiburg in Germany with brief sojourns in Rome, Paris, and Lille, he returned to the US and was a substitute teacher in the Boston Public School system. Shortly thereafter, while at UMass / Amherst, meaning to study political philosophy he was seduced by philosophy of language and linguistics. He is now a professor in the Philosophy Department at Harvard University. He has many regrets, among them that he didn't climb Mt. Rainier before his knees reached their present sorry state.

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