Philosophy of Language
A Contemporary Introduction 2nd Revised edition
By (author) William G. Lycan
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Philosophy of Language by William G. Lycan
"Philosophy of Language: a Contemporary Introduction" introduces the student to the main issues and theories in twentieth-century philosophy of language, focusing specifically on linguistic phenomena. The topics are structured in three parts in the book. Part I, Reference and Referring Expressions, includes topics such as Russell's Theory of Descriptions, Donnellan's distinction, problems of anaphora, the description theory of proper names, Searle's cluster theory, and the causal-historical theory. Part II, Theories of Meaning, surveys the competing theories of linguistic meaning and compares their various advantages and liabilities. Part III, Pragmatics and Speech Acts, introduces the basic concepts of linguistic pragmatics, includes a detailed discussion of the problem of indirect force and surveys approaches to metaphor. Part IV, new to this edition, examines the four theories of metaphor.The features of "Philosophy of Language" include: new chapters on Frege and puzzles, inferentialism, illocutionary theories of meaning and relevance; theory chapter overviews and summaries; clear supportive examples; study questions; and, an annotated further reading glossary. Praise for the First Edition: 'This exceptional text fulfills two essential criteria of a good introductory textbook in the philosophy of language: it covers a broad range of topics well, all of which are the basis of current active research, and does so in an accurate manner accessible to undergraduate students' - Mike Harnish, University of Arizona. '...an excellent textbook for teaching. the examples throughout are delightful and students will love them' - Edwin Mares, Victoria University of Wellington.
"This exceptional text fulfills two essential criteria of a good introductory textbook in the philosophy of language: it covers a broad range of topics well, all of which are the basis of current active research, and does so in an accurate manner accessible to undergraduate students." -Mike Harnish, University of Arizona "...an excellent textbook for teaching. the examples throughout are delightful and students will love them." -Edwin Mares, Victoria University of WellingtonISBN: 9780415957526
Classification: Philosophy of language
Format: Paperback (235mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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William G. Lycan is William Rand Kenan Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina. He is the author of over 150 articles as well as seven books.
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