An Essay on Names and Truth
By (author) Wolfram Hinzen
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Essay on Names and Truth by Wolfram Hinzen
Book DescriptionThis pioneering book lays new foundations for the study of reference and truth. It seeks to explain the origins and characteristics of human ways of relating to the world by means of an understanding of the inherent structures of the mind. Wolfram Hinzen explores truth in the light of Noam Chomsky's Minimalist Program. Truth, he argues, is a function of the human mind and, in particular, likely presupposes the structure of the human clause. Professor Hinzen begins by setting out the essentials of the Minimalist Program and by considering the explanatory role played by the interfaces of the linguistic system with other cognitive systems. He then sets out an internalist reconstruction of meaning. He argues that meaning stems from concepts, originating not from reference but from intentional relations built up in human acts of language in which such concepts figure. How we refer, he suggests, is a function of the concepts we possess, rather than the reverse in which reference to the world gives us the concepts to realize it. He concludes with extended accounts of declarative sentences and names, the two aspects of language which seem most inimical to his approach. The book makes important and radical contributions to theory and debate in linguistics, philosophy, and cognitive science. The author frames his argument in a way that will be readily comprehensible to scholars and advanced students in all three disciplines.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199274420
(241mm x 163mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 11-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Wolfram Hinzen
Philosophy of Universal Grammar, Paperback (November 2015)
This book considers the relationship between language and thought from a philosophical perspective, drawing both on the philosophical study of language and the purely formal study of grammar, and arguing that the two should align. Evidence is considered from biology, the evolution of language, language disorders, and linguistic phenomena.
Oxford Handbook of Compositionality, Hardback (February 2012)
Leading linguists and philosophers report on all aspects of compositionality, the notion that the meaning of an expression can be derived from its parts. This book explores every dimension of this field, reporting critically on different lines of research, revealing connections between them, and highlighting current problems and opportunities.
Essay on Names and Truth, Paperback (October 2007)
This book lays new foundations for the study of reference and truth. It explores truth in the light of Noam Chomsky's Minimalist Program and argues that truth is a function of the human mind. It sets out an internalist reconstruction of meaning and explores its outcomes in language and thought.
Mind Design and Minimal Syntax, Hardback (February 2006)» View all books by Wolfram Hinzen
Introduces generative grammar and asks what it tells us about the human mind. This work unites modern generative linguistics with the philosophies of mind and language. It introduces Chomsky's program of a 'minimalist' syntax as a novel explanatory vision of the human mind. It is aimed at scholars in linguistics, philosophy, and cognitive science.
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Author Biography - Wolfram Hinzen
Wolfram Hinzen obtained a PhD from the University of Bern and a Habilitation from the University of Regensburg. He became an Assistant Professor at the Universiteit van Amsterdam in 2003, and Professor of Philosophy of Language at the University of Durham in 2006. His research is broadly placed in the biolinguistic program and addresses issues of grammatical architecture with a view on their implications for human nature and the human mind. His books include Mind Design and Minimal Syntax (OUP, 2006), an edited volume on interdisciplinary perspectives on psycho-physical dualism (published in the journal Erkenntnis), and a volume co-edited with Hans Rott on belief and meaning (Hansel-Hohenhausen, 2003).
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