In Piotr Stalmaszczyk (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Cambridge University Press (forthcoming)

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Daniel W. Harris
Hunter College (CUNY)
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This chapter tells the story of how the philosophy of language, as it exists now, grew out of work in the history of analytic philosophy. I pay particular attention to the history of semantics, to debates about propositional content, and to the origins of contemporary pragmatics and speech-act theory. I identify an overarching narrative: Many of the ideas that are now used to understand natural language on its own terms were originally developed not for this purpose, but as methodological tools for diverse philosophical ends.
Keywords semantics  speech acts  propositional content  Wittgenstein  history of analytic philosophy
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