Representation in Thought and Language
By (author) Charles Travis
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Unshadowed Thought by Charles Travis
Book DescriptionTravis's main argument in "Unshadowed Thought" is that linguistic expressions and forms are occasion-sensitive; they cannot be abstracted out of a concrete context. With compelling examples and a thoroughgoing scrutiny of opposing positions, this book systematically works out the implications of the work of J.L. Austin, Hilary Putnam and John McDowell. Eloquently insisting that there is no particular way one must structure what one relates to, no one way one must represent it, "Unshadowed Thought" identifies and resists a certain strain of semantic Platonism that permeates current philosophy - a strain that has had profoundly troubling consequences for our ideas about attitudes and beliefs and for our views about what language might be.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674003392
(235mm x 155mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 3-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Charles Travis
Perception, Hardback (June 2013)
Charles Travis presents a series of essays on philosophy of perception, inspired by the insights of Gottlob Frege. He engages with a range of contemporary thinkers, and explores key issues including how perception can make the world bear on what we do or think, and what sorts of capacities we draw on in representing something as (being) something.
Objectivity and the Parochial, Hardback (October 2010)
Charles Travis investigates a central problem in philosophy, one of the most puzzling. Thought must be about a world independent of us. But our capacities for thought shape thought's objects. So it can seem that what is true, and what is not, cannot be independent of us. Objectivity and the Parochial suggests how we might resolve this paradox.
Thought's Footing, Paperback (March 2009)
Thought's Footing is an enquiry into the relationship between the ways things are and the way we think and talk about them. It is also a study of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations: Charles Travis develops his account of certain key themes into a unified view of the work as a whole.
Occasion-sensitivity, Hardback (February 2008)» View all books by Charles Travis
Charles Travis presents a series of essays in which he has developed his distinctive view of the relation of thought to language. He argues that there are varying conditions of correctness which determine whether words express a given concept, and thus that meaning does not determine truth conditions. The implications of this view are intriguing.
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Author Biography - Charles Travis
Charles Travis is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Stirling in Scotland and the author of several books, including The Uses of Sense: Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Language.
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