Philosophy of Language A-Z

Philosophy of Language A-Z

Philosophy of Language A-Z

Philosophy of Language A-Z

Synopsis

Philosophy of Language A-Z offers a broad coverage of theories, debates, concepts, problems and philosophers in the philosophy of language. It consists of concise and accessible entries on each of the key terms and issues in this area of philosophy. Whilst this book is primarily focused on contemporary philosophy of language as discussed within the tradition of analytic philosophy, it also includes entries on historical topics and on key terms and philosophers working in the continentaltradition.

Excerpt

Philosophy is not only expressed in language, but language is often its main object of interest and enquiry. Not of course language in the sense of grammar and style, which is more the realm of linguistics and literary investigation. Language as our medium for pursuing meaning, which in itself is the repository of meaning, has constantly fascinated philosophers with its ability both to enlighten and confuse. the issue of how words mean things, an issue that seems on the face of it so very simple, has in fact served to differentiate some of the major philosophical schools, and continues to appear on the battlefields of major theoretical controversies in philosophy. One of the intriguing features of debates about language is that they are generally conducted in terms of the very medium under discussion.

In modern times the philosophy of language has become rather technical in nature, and it is very helpful to have a systematic list of explanations of many of the key concepts and figures in the discipline. Alessandra Tanesini has provided such a guide, and I am sure that readers of this volume will find her route through the thicket of different theories and arguments a useful one to follow. a solid grasp of some of the basic positions in the philosophy of language is indispensable for a grasp of philosophy as a whole, and this volume is designed to go someway to fulfilling that role.

Oliver Leaman . . .

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