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This book examines John Locke's claims about the nature and workings of language. Walter Ott proposes an interpretation of Locke's thesis in which words signify ideas in the mind of the speaker, and argues that rather than employing such notions as sense or reference, Locke relies on an ancient tradition that understands signification as reliable indication. He then uses this interpretation to explain crucial areas of Locke's metaphysics and epistemology, including essence, abstraction, knowledge and mental representation. His discussion challenges many of the orthodox readings of Locke, and will be of interest to historians of philosophy and philosophers of language alike.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521831192
ISBN-10: 0521831199
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 168
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Walter R. Ott

Walter R. Ott is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at East Tennessee State University. He has published in a number of journals including Ancient Philosophy, Dialogue, Locke Studies/Locke Newsletter, and the Journal of Philosophical Research.

Books By Author Walter R. Ott

Locke's Philosophy of Language by Walter R. Ott

Locke's Philosophy of Language

Paperback, March 2007