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Paul Horwich, one of the world's most distinguished philosophers, develops in this book his highly original deflationary conception of language. His main aim in Reflections on Meaning is to explain how mere noises, marks, gestures, and mental symbols are able to capture the world - that is, how words and sentences (in whatever medium) come to mean what they do, to stand for certain things, to be true or false of reality. His answer is an innovative development of Wittgenstein's idea that the meaning of a term is nothing more than its use.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199251254
ISBN-10: 0199251258
Format: Hardback
(224mm x 144mm x 19mm)
Pages: 246
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 10-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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