Philosophical Essays, Volume 1 : Natural Language: What It Means and How We Use It, Paperback / softback Book

Philosophical Essays, Volume 1 : Natural Language: What It Means and How We Use It Paperback / softback

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The two volumes of Philosophical Essays bring together the most important essays written by one of the world's foremost philosophers of language.

Scott Soames has selected thirty-one essays spanning nearly three decades of thinking about linguistic meaning and the philosophical significance of language.

A judicious collection of old and new, these volumes include sixteen essays published in the 1980s and 1990s, nine published since 2000, and six new essays.

The essays in Volume 1 investigate what linguistic meaning is; how the meaning of a sentence is related to the use we make of it; what we should expect from empirical theories of the meaning of the languages we speak; and how a sound theoretical grasp of the intricate relationship between meaning and use can improve the interpretation of legal texts. The essays in Volume 2 illustrate the significance of linguistic concerns for a broad range of philosophical topics--including the relationship between language and thought; the objects of belief, assertion, and other propositional attitudes; the distinction between metaphysical and epistemic possibility; the nature of necessity, actuality, and possible worlds; the necessary a posteriori and the contingent a priori; truth, vagueness, and partial definition; and skepticism about meaning and mind.

The two volumes of Philosophical Essays are essential for anyone working on the philosophy of language.

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
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  • Category: Philosophy of language
  • ISBN: 9780691136813

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