Why Does Language Matter to Philosophy?, Volume 121

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 26, 1975 - Philosophy - 200 pages
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Many people find themselves dissatisfied with recent linguistic philosophy, and yet know that language has always mattered deeply to philosophy and must in some sense continue to do so. Ian Hacking considers here some dozen case studies in the history of philosophy to show the different ways in which language has been important, and the consequences for the development of the subject. There are chapters on, among others, Hobbes, Berkeley, Russell, Ayer, Wittgenstein, Chomsky, Feyerabend and Davidson. Dr Hacking ends by speculating about the directions in which philosophy and the study of language seem likely to go. The book will provide students with a stimulating, broad survey of problems in the theory of meaning and the development of philosophy, particularly in this century. The topics treated in the philosophy of language are among the central, current concerns of philosophers, and the historical framework makes it possible to introduce concretely and intelligibly all the main theoretical issues.
 

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Contents

Strategy
1
The heyday of ideas
13
Thomas Hobbes mental discourse
15
Port Royals ideas
26
Bishop Berkeleys abstractions
34
Nobodys theory of meaning
43
The heyday of meanings
55
Noam Chomskys innatism
57
Donald Davidsons truth
129
1 Tarskis Theory
130
2 Problems and extensions
134
3 The theory of meaning
140
4 The verification of TSentences
144
5 Charity and humanity
146
6 The determinacy of translation
150
Why does language matter to philosophy?
157

Bertrand Russells acquaintance
70
Ludwig Wittgensteins articulation
82
A J Ayers verification
93
Norman Malcolms dreams
103
The heyday of sentences
113
Paul Feyerabends theories
115
A The heyday of ideas
163
B The heyday of meanings
170
C The heyday of sentences
177
Bibliography
188
Index
197
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Ian Hacking is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He has published extensively on logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of maths and metaphysics. His most recent publications include Why Is There Philosophy of Mathematics At All? (Cambridge, 2014), Scientific Reason (2009) and Exercises in Analysis (Cambridge, 2009).

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