Cambridge University Press (2003)

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Walter Ott
University of Virginia
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This book examines John Locke's claims about the nature and workings of language. Walter Ott proposes an interpretation of Locke's thesis in which words signify ideas in the mind of the speaker, and argues that rather than employing such notions as sense or reference, Locke relies on an ancient tradition that understands signification as reliable indication. He then uses this interpretation to explain crucial areas of Locke's metaphysics and epistemology, including essence, abstraction, knowledge and mental representation. His discussion challenges many of the orthodox readings of Locke, and will be of interest to historians of philosophy and philosophers of language alike.
Keywords Locke, John   Language and languages
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Call number P85.L58.O88 2003
ISBN(s) 9780521036016   9780521831192   0977412245   0521036011   0521831199
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