Perspectives in the Philosophy of Language
A Concise Anthology
  • Publication Date: June 9, 2000
  • ISBN: 9781551112534 / 1551112531
  • 368 pages; 6" x 9"
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Perspectives in the Philosophy of Language

A Concise Anthology

  • Publication Date: June 9, 2000
  • ISBN: 9781551112534 / 1551112531
  • 368 pages; 6" x 9"

This concise and affordable anthology is designed for use as a textbook in both undergraduate and graduate courses in philosophy of language. It aims to provide a core of essential primary sources and may be used either on its own, or in conjunction with a secondary source.

Acknowledgements
Preface

I. Syntax and Semantics
(The System Perspective)

  1. Noam Chomsky, “Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origin and Use”
  2. Gottlob Frege, “Ueber Sinn und Bedeutung”
  3. Bertrand Russell, “Descriptions”
  4. Donald Davidson, “Truth and Meaning”
  5. Saul Kripke, “Identity and Necessity”

II. Mental States and Linguistic Content
(The Knowledge Perspective)

A. Meanings and Ideas

  1. H. Paul Grice, “Meaning”
  2. Jerry A. Fodor, “Propositional Attitudes”
  3. Daniel C. Dennett, “Three Kinds of Intentional Psychology”

B. Skeptical Worries

  1. W.V. Quine, “Two Dogmas of Empiricism”
  2. Ludwig Wittgenstein, Selections from Philosophical Investigations

III. Language and Speakers
(The Use Perspective)

A. Speech Acts

  1. John L. Austin, “Performative Utterances”
  2. John R. Searle, “What Is A Speech Act?”

B. Speaker’s Meaning and Reference

  1. H. Paul Grice, “Logic and Conversation”
  2. Peter F. Strawson, “On Referring”
  3. Keith Donnellan, “Reference and Definite Descriptions”
  4. Donald Davidson, “What Metaphors Mean”

Sources

Robert Stainton received his doctorate from M.I.T. in linguistics and philosophy. He is author or editor of four books, including Philosophy and Linguistics (with K. Murasugi), Knowledge and Mind (with A. Brook), and Philosophical Perspectives on Language. He is currently Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean (Research) at The University of Western Ontario.

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