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The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Language


The Blackwell Guide to the 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, often accompanied by useful suggestions for further reading; the volume also has a large and insightful bibliography at the end. 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. An introduction by the editors sets the stage for extended treatments of theories of meaning and reference, and an investigation of foundational issues. Suitable for upper-level undergraduate and graduate survey courses, The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Language is an invaluable resource for students and professional philosophers alike.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Michael Devitt and Richard Hanley
Part I: Foundational Issues
Foundations issues in the philosophy of language: Martin Davies (Australian National University)
Part II: Meaning
The nature of meaning: Paul Horwich (City University of New York Graduate Center)
Truth and reference as the basis for meaning: James Higginbotham (University of Southern California)
Language, thought, and meaning: Brian Loar (Rutgers University)
Meaning skepticism: Alex Miller (Macquarie University)
Analyticity again: Jerry Fodor and Ernie Lepore (Rutgers University)
Formal semantics: Max Cresswell (University of Aukland & Texas A&M University) Speech acts and pragmatics: Kent Bach (San Francisco State University)
Figurative language: Josef Stern (University of Chicago & Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
Propositional attitude ascription: Mark Richard (Tufts University)
Conditionals: Frank Jackson (Australian National University)
Vagueness: Stephen Schiffer (New York University)
The semantics of non-factualism, non-cognitivism, quasi-realism: Simon Blackburn (University of Cambridge)
Part III: Reference
Names: William Lycan (University of North Carolina)
General terms and mass terms: Stephen Schwartz (Ithaca College)
Descriptions: Peter Ludlow and Stephen Neale (University of Michigan & Rutgers University)
Using indexicals: John Perry (Stanford University)
Pronouns and anaphora: Stephen Neale (Rutgers University)
Naturalistic theories of reference: Karen Neander (University of California, Davis) Truth: Vann McGee (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

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