Meaning, Expression and Thought
By (author) Wayne A. Davis
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Meaning, Expression and Thought by Wayne A. Davis
Book DescriptionThis philosophical treatise on the foundations of semantics is a systematic effort to clarify, deepen and defend the classical doctrine that words are conventional signs of mental states, principally thoughts and ideas, and that meaning consists in their expression. This expression theory of meaning is developed by carrying out the Gricean programme, explaining what it is for words to have meaning in terms of speaker meaning, and what it is for a speaker to mean something in terms of intention. But Grice's own formulations are rejected and alternatives developed. The foundations of the expression theory are explored at length, and the author develops the theory of thought as a fundamental cognitive phenomenon distinct from belief and desire, argues for the thesis that thoughts have parts, and identifies ideas or concepts with parts of thoughts. This book will appeal to students and professionals interested in the philosophy of language.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521555135
(228mm x 152mm x 41mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Wayne A. Davis
Meaning, Expression and Thought, Paperback (August 2007)
An effort to clarify and defend the doctrine that words are conventional signs of mental states.
Implicature, Paperback (June 2007)
A systematic critique of the Gricean theory of implicature, an established doctrine in the philosophy of language.
Non-Descriptive Meaning and Reference, Hardback (July 2005)» View all books by Wayne A. Davis
Presents a different approach to the foundations of semantics, showing how the so-called 'expression' theory of meaning can handle names and other problematic cases of nondescriptive meaning. This book argues that like other unstructured words, names mean what they do because they are conventionally used to express atomic or basic ideas.
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