- Paperback: 188 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 12, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521537363
- ISBN-13: 978-0521537360
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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About the Author
François Recanati is a Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, Paris). He has published many papers and several books on the philosophy of language and mind, including Meaning and Force (Cambridge, 1988), Direct Reference (1993), and Oratio Obliqua, Oratio Recta (2000). He is also co-founder and past President of the European Society for Analytic Philosophy.
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