Oxford: Clarendon Press (2006)

Mark Wilson presents a highly original and broad-ranging investigation of the way we get to grips with the world conceptually, and the way that philosophical problems commonly arise from this. He combines traditional philosophical concerns about human conceptual thinking with illuminating data derived from a large variety of fields including physics and applied mathematics, cognitive psychology, and linguistics. Wandering Significance offers abundant new insights and perspectives for philosophers of language, mind, and science, and will also reward the interest of psychologists, linguists, and anyone curious about the mysterious ways in which useful language obtains its practical applicability
Keywords Behavior  Cognition  Concept  Epistemology  Intensionality  Mind  Psycholinguistics  Thinking
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Call number BD418.3.W53 2006
ISBN(s) 0199269254   9780199269259   9780199532308   0199532303
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9213.2007.511_6.x
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