David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Cambridge University Press (2004)
This important book proposes a new account of the nature of language, founded upon an original interpretation of Wittgenstein. The authors deny the existence of a direct referential relationship between words and things. Rather, the link between language and world is a two-stage one, in which meaning is used and in which a natural language should be understood as fundamentally a collection of socially devised and maintained practices. Arguing against the philosophical mainstream descending from Frege and Russell to Quine, Davidson, Dummett, McDowell, Evans, Putnam, Kripke and others, the authors demonstrate that discarding the notion of reference does not entail relativism or semantic nihilism. A provocative re-examination of the interrelations of language and social practice, this book will interest not only philosophers of language but also linguists, psycholinguists, students of communication and all those concerned with the nature and acquisition of human linguistic capacities.
|Keywords||Language and languages Philosophy Reference (Linguistics|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$7.95 new (85% off) $49.99 direct from Amazon Amazon page|
|Call number||P107.H36 2004|
|ISBN(s)||0521537444 0521822874 9780521537445|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Patricia Hanna (2010). Beyond the “Delivery Problem”: Why There is “No Such Thing as a Language”. Philosophia 38 (2):343-355.
Joseph Rouse (2011). Articulating the World: Experimental Systems and Conceptual Understanding. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 25 (3):243 - 254.
Dennis Patterson (2012). Alexy on Necessity in Law and Morals. Ratio Juris 25 (1):47-58.
Similar books and articles
Vann McGee (2005). Inscrutability and its Discontents. Noûs 39 (3):397–425.
Ernest Lepore & Barry C. Smith (eds.) (2006). The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press.
Ernest LePore & Barry C. Smith (eds.) (2006). The Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press.
Barry C. Smith (ed.) (2006). The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press.
Siobhan Chapman & Christopher Routledge (eds.) (2005). Key Thinkers in Linguistics and the Philosophy of Language. Edinburgh University Press.
Aloysius Martinich (1984). Communication and Reference. W. De Gruyter.
Amichai Kronfeld (1990). Reference and Computation: An Essay in Applied Philosophy of Language. Cambridge University Press.
Mark Sainsbury (2005). Reference Without Referents. Clarendon Press.
Torben Thrane (1980). Referential-Semantic Analysis: Aspects of a Theory of Linguistic Reference. Cambridge University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads16 ( #146,256 of 1,696,514 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #342,645 of 1,696,514 )
How can I increase my downloads?