Travis'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.
Buy Unshadowed Thought book by Charles Travis from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
(235mm x 155mm x 25mm)
Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Country of Publication:
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.