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Philosophy Of Language

Author : Colin McGinn
ISBN : 9780262028455
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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An introduction to philosophy of language through systematic and accessible explanations of ten classic texts by such thinkers as Frege, Kripke, Russell, and Putnam.

Elements Of Formal Semantics

Author : Yoad Winter
ISBN : 9780748677771
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Introducing some of the foundational concepts, principles and techniques in the formal semantics of natural language, Elements of Formal Semantics outlines the mathematical principles that underlie linguistic meaning. Making use of a wide range of concrete English examples, the book presents the most useful tools and concepts of formal semantics in an accessible style and includes a variety of practical exercises so that readers can learn to utilise these tools effectively. For readers with an elementary background in set theory and linguistics or with an interest in mathematical modelling, this fascinating study is an ideal introduction to natural language semantics. Designed as a quick yet thorough introduction to one of the most vibrant areas of research in modern linguistics today this volume reveals the beauty and elegance of the mathematical study of meaning.


Author : Colin McGinn
ISBN : 9780262029322
Genre : Philosophy
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In praise of the hand: A philosopher considers the crucial role of the hand in human evolution, particularly with respect to language.

Philosophical Provocations

Author : Colin McGinn
ISBN : 9780262036191
Genre : Philosophy
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Pithy, direct, and bold: essays that propose new ways to think about old problems, spanning a range of philosophical topics.

An Introduction To The Philosophy Of Language

Author : Michael Morris
ISBN : 9781139459808
Genre : Philosophy
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In this textbook, Michael Morris offers a critical introduction to the central issues of the philosophy of language. Each chapter focusses on one or two texts which have had a seminal influence on work in the subject, and uses these as a way of approaching both the central topics and the various traditions of dealing with them. Texts include classic writings by Frege, Russell, Kripke, Quine, Davidson, Austin, Grice and Wittgenstein. Theoretical jargon is kept to a minimum and is fully explained whenever it is introduced. The range of topics covered includes sense and reference, definite descriptions, proper names, natural-kind terms, de re and de dicto necessity, propositional attitudes, truth-theoretical approaches to meaning, radical interpretation, indeterminacy of translation, speech acts, intentional theories of meaning, and scepticism about meaning. The book will be invaluable to students and to all readers who are interested in the nature of linguistic meaning.

Inborn Knowledge

Author : Colin McGinn
ISBN : 9780262334495
Genre : Philosophy
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In this book, Colin McGinn presents a concise, clear, and compelling argument that the origins of knowledge are innate -- that nativism, not empiricism, is correct in its theory of how concepts are acquired. McGinn considers the particular case of sensible qualities -- ideas of color, shape, taste, and so on. He argues that these, which he once regarded as the strongest case for the empiricist position, are in fact not well explained by the empiricist account that they derive from interactions with external objects. Rather, he contends, ideas of sensible qualities offer the strongest case for the nativist position -- that a large range of our knowledge is inborn, not acquired through the senses. Yet, McGinn cautions, how this can be is deeply problematic; we have no good theories about how innate knowledge is possible. Innate knowledge is a mystery, though a fact.McGinn describes the traditional debate between empiricism and nativism; offers an array of arguments against empiricism; constructs an argument in favor of nativism; and considers the philosophical consequences of adopting the nativist position, discussing perception, the mind--body problem, the unconscious, metaphysics, and epistemology.

Sprache Und Geist

Author : Noam Chomsky
ISBN : 3518276190
Genre : Psycholinguistics
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Author : Michael Dummett
ISBN : 0674319311
Genre : Mathematics
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No one has figured more prominently in the study of German philosopher Gottlob Frege than Michael Dummett. This highly acclaimed book is a major contribution to the philosophy of language as well as a systematic interpretation of Frege, indisputably the father of analytic philosophy. Frege: Philosophy of Language remains indispensable for an understanding of contemporary philosophy. Harvard University Press is pleased to reissue this classic book in paperback.

Marc Aurel Selbstbetrachtungen

Author : Marc Aurel
ISBN : 9783746704173
Genre : History
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Der römische Kaiser Marc Aurel nimmt wahr, dass er sich an der Macht verändert hat. Er reflektiert seine grundlegenden ethischen Prinzipien. Auch bemerkt er, dass seine Macht die Art der anderen verändert hat, sich ihm zu nähern: Wie umgehen mit Schmeichlern und Heuchlern? Der Stoiker Marc Aurel folgt in vielerlei Hinsicht Seneca und Epikur, entwickelt aber auch eigene philosophische Ideen. Die »Selbstbetrachtungen« von Marc Aurel bieten einen seltenen Einblick in die Gefühls- und Gedankenwelt eines römischen Kaisers. Das Buch füllt damit eine Lücke der Geschichtsschreibung, die sich vornehmlich an äußeren Ereignissen und deren Datum orientiert. Die »Selbstbetrachtungen« eignen sich sowohl zum zügigen Durchlesen, als auch zum gelegentlichen Blättern.

Philosophy Of Language Chinese Language Chinese Philosophy

Author : Bo Mou
ISBN : 9789004368446
Genre : Philosophy
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From the vantage point of doing philosophy of language comparatively, Philosophy of Language, Chinese Language, Chinese Philosophy explores how reflective elaboration of some distinct features of Chinese and of relevant resources in Chinese philosophy and the development of philosophy of language can contribute to each other.

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