Description - The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Language by Michael Devitt
Philosophy of language occupies a pivotal role in philosophy. It is at once an area of cutting-edge research in its own right; a set of concerns which overlap logic, metaphysics and linguistics; and a tool with applications to every core area in philosophy. The Blackwell Guide to Philosophy of Language is a collection of twenty new essays by internationally renowned scholars. Each contribution offers an authoritative survey of a central topic in philosophy of language, accompanied by an abstract and suggestions for further reading. Included are chapters on analyticity, anaphora, conditionals, descriptions, formal semantics, indexicals and demonstratives, kind terms, metaphor, names, propositional attitude ascriptions, speech acts, truth, and vagueness. The chapters also provide extended treatments of theories of meaning and reference, and an investigation of foundational issues. An introduction written by the editors completes the volume.Suitable for a textbook for upper-level undergraduate and graduate survey courses, the Blackwell Guide to Philosophy of Language is also an invaluable resource for professional philosophers.
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Author Biography - Michael Devitt
Michael Devitt is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of Designation (1981), Coming to Our Senses: A Naturalistic Program for Semantic Localism (1995), Realism and Truth (1997), and Language and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Language (with Kim Sterelny, 1999). Richard Hanley is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Delaware. He is the author of The Metaphysics of Star Trek (1997, reprinted in paperback as Is Data Human?), as well as articles in metaphysics and philosophy of language.